SIRIUS FM-5 communications satellite
1300 Spacecraft Bus
Separated spacecraft mass: Approx.  5820 kg

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

Launch Date:
July 01, 2009, Baikonur

Launch Time:
01:10 Baikonur
19:10 GMT
15:10 EDT

Launch Site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launch Pad 39

Launch Customer:
SIRIUS XM Radio Inc., New York

Satellite Manufacturer:
Space Systems/ Loral, California

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

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

Satellite Use:
SIRIUS XM Radio Inc., is America’s satellite radio company delivering commercial-free music channels, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather to millions of subscribers. The SIRIUS FM-5 satellite will supplement the existing fleet of SIRIUS satellites with a high-power geostationary satellite that enhances the listening experience. It will ensure SIRIUS XM’s array of audio and data services are received robustly by cars and mobile devices, improve the signal delivery to homes, and bolster the continuity of service for years to come. SIRIUS XM is installed in vehicles of every major automaker and available for sale at retailers nationwide. SIRIUS XM offers SIRIUS Backseat TV, the first live in-vehicle rear seat entertainment, featuring Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network, as well as XM NavTraffic® service for GPS navigation systems, delivering real-time traffic information to markets across North America.

Satellite Statistics: 
— 1 X-Band Receive Payload, 1 S-Band Transmit Payload
__Orbital location: 96 degrees West Longitude
__Anticipated service life: 15 years

Mission Profile:
The Proton launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the SIRIUS FM-5 satellite on board. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the ascent unit (Breeze M upper stage and the SIRIUS FM-5 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the ascent unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit and finally to a geo-transfer orbit. Separation of the SIRIUS FM-5 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 14 minutes after liftoff.

Target Orbit at Separation: 
Apogee: 35,786 km (22,236 miles)
Perigee:  4,207 km (2,614 miles)
Inclination: 22.9 degrees

Spacecraft Separation: 
Approximately 9 hours, 14 minutes after liftoff

ILS Mission Statistics:
__5th Proton Launch of 2009/ 3rd ILS Proton
__52nd Proton Launch for ILS
__4th SIRIUS XM Satellite Launched on a Proton
__11th Space Systems/ Loral Satellite Launched on a Proton

Live Launch Broadcast: 
Test Signals will start at 2:30 PM EDT US 30June 2009
Live Coverage Starting at 2:49 PM EDT US 30 June 2009
Launch is scheduled for 3:10 PM EDT US 30 June 2009
Launch Broadcast concludes no later than 3:45 PM EDT US 30 June 2009

In North America the broadcast may be seen on:
SATELLITE: Galaxy 28
DOWNLINK FREQ: 3940.000 Horizontal

In Europe the broadcast may be seen on:
Satellite: NSS7
Transponder: ENV8/EUH8 Channel CD
PAL Digital
Orbital Position: 338 Degrees East
UPLINK Frequency: 14483.500 MHz Vertical
DOWNLINK Frequency: 11693.500 MHz Horizontal
Symbolic Rate: 5.632

In Europe, Northern Asia, and Baïkonur at the launch site the broadcast may be seen on:
Satellite: SESAT 1
Digital Channel: G
Band: Ku
Orbital Position: 36 Degrees East
Satellite Channel: – EUTELSAT SESAT 1 “G”
Bandwidth: 9 MHz
Downlink Frequency: 11097.5 Horizontal
Sym Rate: 5.632
FEC: 3/4

More Information: 
Live webcast at will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff.  General mission information and launch status updates are available at the website or on the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980.

Media Inquiries:
Karen Monaghan, Director of Communications, International Launch Services, Reston, Va.; +1-571-633-7549; mobile: +1-571-282-5195;, Visit the ILS web site at


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