November 2, 2006
Platform: Eurostar E2000+
Separated Mass: Approx. 3,280 kg (7,231 lbs)
Launch Vehicle: Proton M/Breeze M
Weight at liftoff: 691,272 kg (1.5 million lbs), including payload
Height: 61 m (200 ft)
Launch Time: 2:01 a.m., Nov. 9 Baikonur
20:01, Nov. 8 GMT
3:01 p.m., Nov. 8 EST
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan; Launch Pad 39
End User: ARABSAT, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Satellite Manufacturer: Astrium Satellites; Toulouse, France
Manufacturer: Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow
Provider: International Launch Services (ILS), McLean, Va.
Satellite Use: Multipurpose communications satellite serving Arab countries and neighboring regions. Ku-band payload will carry direct-to-home, interactive TV and internet broadband services, with additional capacity to accommodate anticipated demand for high-definition TV.
32 Ku-band transponders
Orbital Location: 26 degrees East longitude
Anticipated service life of 15 years
Mission Profile: The Proton launch vehicle will inject the satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit, using a four-burn Breeze M mission design. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent trajectory to place the Breeze M fourth stage, with the satellite, into a suborbital trajectory, from which the Breeze M will place itself and the spacecraft into a circular parking orbit of 173 km (107.5 miles), inclined at 51.5 degrees. Then the satellite will be propelled to its transfer orbit by additional burns of the Breeze M. Following separation from the Breeze M, 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 35,786 km (22,236 miles).
at Separation: Apogee: 35,786 km (22,236 miles)
Perigee: 3,150 km (1,957 miles)
Inclination: 14.2 degrees
Spacecraft Separation: Approximately 4 hours after liftoff
ILS Mission Statistics:
3rd ILS Proton mission of 2006
5th ILS mission overall for 2006
7th Proton launch of Astrium Eurostar bus
38th ILS mission on Proton
Live Broadcast in North America: The launch may be seen on satellite IA 6 C, transponder 14, orbital position 93 degrees West, C-band analog NTSC, 36 MHz bandwidth, downlink frequency 3980 MHz (H).
Live Broadcast In Europe & Middle East: The launch may be seen on satellite NSS7, transponder WHL4/EUH3 channel 1, 9 MHz bandwidth, Ku-band digital PAL, orbital position 338.0 degrees East, downlink frequency 11098.9 horizontal, symbol rate 6.1113, FEC 3/4.
More Information: Live webcast and general mission information are available on the ILS web site at [http://www.ilslaunch.com www.ilslaunch.com]. Launch status updates are available on the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980.