|November 19, 2002-|
Payload: ASTRA 1K
Separated mass: approx. 5,250 kg (11,570 lbs)
Launch Vehicle: Proton K/Block DM
Launch Date: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002 (Baikonur)
Launch Window Opens: 4:04 a.m. Nov. 26 (Baikonur)
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
End User: SES ASTRA, an SES GLOBAL company, a leading provider of video and data broadcasting via satellite in Europe
Satellite Manufacturer: Alcatel Space, France
Launch Vehicle Manufacturer: Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow ï¿½ Proton first three stages; RSC Energia, near Moscow – Block DM fourth stage
Launch Services Provider: International Launch Services (ILS), McLean, Va.
Satellite Use: Digital services across Europe
Mission Profile: The Proton launch vehicle will inject the ASTRA 1K satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit. The first three stages will use a standard ascent trajectory to place the Block DM upper stage with the satellite into a 175.5 km (109-mile) circular parking orbit, inclined at 51.6 degrees. Then the satellite will be propelled to its transfer orbit by two additional burns of the Block DM. Following separation from the Block DM, the spacecraft will perform a series of liquid apogee engine burns to raise perigee, lower inclination and circularize the orbit at the geostationary altitude of 36,000 km (22,300 miles).
Target Orbit at Separation:
Spacecraft Separation: Approximately 6 hours, 36 minutes after liftoff
ILS Mission Statistics:
More Information: Live webcast and general mission information are available on the ILS web site. Launch status updates are available on the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980.