Let’s Roll…Roll Out

That’s right the Integrated Launch Vehicle (launch vehicle and spacecraft mated) has been rolled out to Pad 39 in preparation for the launch on Monday evening EDT. Don’t forget to watch the webcast at 18:43 EDT, 22:43 GMT, 23:43 London Time and 04:43 Tuesday Baikonur Time. Live coverage starts 23 minutes before launch time, i.e. 18:20 EDT. [img]http://www.ilslaunch.com/assets/Images/data/The-campaign-team-blog.jpg[/img]

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News from Khrunichev

The Russian State Commission meeting will be held today (14 August) to verify the launch readiness of the Proton Breeze M with the Inmarsat 4F-3 spacecraft. This step is required before rollout and installation of the Proton launcher on the launch pad tomorrow.

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Another Update

[b]From the desk of the Communications Team! This just in![/b] We have a new launch date! The media advisory has been posted and the mission overview has been updated! Please see Mission Control.

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UPDATE

An update from our friends at Khrunichev!! The SC fueling was successfully completed yesterday by the EADS Astrium team in Hall 103A. Now the spacecraft is ready for transportation into Hall 101, where the joint operations will begin tomorrow. The Breeze M high pressure tanks were also fuelled earlier; afterwards, the Breeze M was transported into Hall 101. More information from our launch team, soon!

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A-OK

After taking a break to visit and take photos in Baikonur town and at the Yuri Gagarin space museum (see [url=http://www.ilslaunch.com/inmarsat-4-f3-gallery]Gallery[/url]), the mission team is back to work. So far everything is running smoothly. Both the launch vehicle team and the spacecraft team continued their separate operations and test protocols. The spacecraft Xenon loading was completed on the 18th . Oxidizer and fuel loading is planned for this week. The Proton team will be moving the payload fairing to a stand in anticipation of joint operations and mating with the spacecraft. Keep checking back for more updates.

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Welcome to the Nimiq 4 Blog

Welcome to the fourth ILS Proton launch campaign for 2008 – the launch of the EADS Astrium-built Nimiq 4 satellite for Telesat. Follow along with the launch team as they prepare for the mid-September mission.

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Photo Blog!

Well, the launch team is a little busy. So, they sent some photos because pictures can say a thousand words! [img]http://www.ilslaunch.com/assets/Images/data/020-Keryn-Blog.jpg[/img] The team stopped by the Gargarin Museum and caught a glimpse of the display ILS sponsored! [img]http://www.ilslaunch.com/assets/Images/data/021-Ben-Blog.jpg[/img] Then they decided to check out the Buran, Russia’s space shuttle!

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Welcome to the DIRECTV 12 Blog

Welcome to the seventh ILS Proton launch campaign for 2009 – the launch of the Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems-built, DIRECTV 12 satellite for DIRECTV. Follow along with the mission team as they prepare for the launch.

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Welcome to the SIRIUS FM-5 Blog

Welcome to the third ILS Proton launch campaign for 2009 – the launch of the Space Systems/Loral-built, SIRIUS FM-5 satellite for SIRIUS XM Radio. Follow along with the mission team as they prepare for the launch.

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