Reston, VA  –  Updated July 6, 2012

SES-5 communications satellite
SS/L 1300 Platform
Separated Spacecraft Mass:  ~6,007 kg

Launch Vehicle:  
Proton M/Breeze M
705,000 kg (1,554,000 lbs), including payload
58.2 m (191 ft)

Launch Date:      
July 10, 2012

Launch Time:   
00:38:30 Baikonur
20:38:30 Luxembourg, July 9
11:38:30 Palo Alto, July 9
18:38:30 GMT, July 9
14:38:30 EDT, July 9

Launch Site:     
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launch Pad 24

Launch Customer:   
SES, Luxembourg

Satellite Manufacturer:       
Space Systems/Loral, Palo Alto, California, USA

Launch Vehicle Manufacturer:
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow, Russia

Launch Services Provider: 
International Launch Services, Reston, Va, USA

Satellite Use:  
SES’ high-powered Ku-band beams will bring incremental capacity over Africa, and the Nordic and Baltic countries to support DTH services. Its comprehensive C-band beams cover Africa, the Middle East and Europe to enable services such as GSM backhaul, VSAT applications, maritime communications and video distribution. SES-5 will also carry the first hosted L-band payload for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). The EGNOS payload, which was developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission (EC), will help verify, improve, and report on the reliability and accuracy of navigation positioning signals in Europe.

Satellite Statistics:  
__Features EGNOS Payload
__24 C-band transponders
__36 Ku-band transponders
__Planned orbital location: 5 degrees east longitude
__Anticipated service life: 15 years

Mission Profile: 
The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 24 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the SES-5 satellite on board. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the SES-5 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geostationary transfer orbit. Separation of the SES-5 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff.

Target Orbit at Separation:   
Perigee: 4,170 km
Apogee: 35,786 km
Inclination: 23.1 degrees

Spacecraft Separation:  
Approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff

ILS Mission Statistics:
_21st SES Satellite Launch on ILS Proton
_23rd Space Systems/Loral Satellite Launched on ILS Proton
_5th ILS Proton Launch in 2012
_74th ILS Proton Launch Overall

Live Broadcast/Webcast:
Live Coverage starting at 14:15 EDT/ 18:15 GMT.
Launch is scheduled for 14:38:30 EDT/ 18:38:30 GMT.
Broadcast concludes no later than 15:15 EDT/ 19:15 GMT.

Webcast can be seen at:

In the US, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the following in HD:
AMC-9, transponder C10, channel C10A
83 degrees West
18 mhz.
Uplink Frequency:  6,116.000 Horizontal
Downlink Frequency: 3,891.000 Vertical
1080i QPSK
FEC:  3/4
Symbol rate:  13.333, DVB – S, MPEG2 HD 4:2:0

In Europe, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the following in SD:
ASTRA 19.2° East
Channel 1,037
Downlink Frequency: 11023.25 MHZ, horizontal polarization
Symbol rate: 22.0 MSym/s FEC 5/6
Service ID: 5221
Name: SES-5 Launch

In Europe, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the following in HD:
ASTRA 19.2° East
Channel 1,028
Downlink Frequency: 11626.50 MHZ, vertical polarization
DVB-S2, 22.0 MSym/s, 8PSK 2/3,
Service ID: 4400
Name: SES-5 Launch HD

More Information:       
Live streaming will begin approximately 25 minutes before liftoff.  General mission information and launch status updates are available at You can also follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook for mission updates.



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