Feb. 10, 2008

STAR 2 platform
Separated mass: approx. 1940 kg (4277 lbs)

Launch Vehicle:
Proton M/Breeze M
Weight at liftoff: 691,272 kg (1.5 million lbs) including payload
Height: 56.2 m (184 ft)
Launch Time:

  • 17:34 Feb. 11 Baikonur
  • 12:34 Feb. 11 CET
  • 11:34 Feb. 11 GMT
  • 06:34 Feb. 11 EST

Launch Site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launch Pad 39

End User:
Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, Oslo, Norway

Satellite Manufacturer:
Orbital Sciences Corp, Dulles, Va.

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

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

Satellite Use:
Broadcasting and interactive services in FSS and BSS, over the Nordic region, Europe and the Middle East.

Satellite Statistics:

  • 24 active Ku-band transponders: 15 for FSS and 9 for BSS
  • 5 active BSS transponders available through steerable antenna
  • Orbital location: 1 degree West longitude
  • Anticipated service life of 15 years

Mission Profile:
The Proton launch vehicle will use a 4-burn Breeze M mission design to inject the satellite directly into geostationary orbit. 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. From there, the unit will be propelled into geostationary orbit, and its inclination reduced, through a series of additional burns of the Breeze M.

Target Orbit at Separation:
Apogee/Perigee: 36,796 km (22,864 miles)
Inclination: 0 degrees

Spacecraft Separation:
Approximately 9 hours, 22 minutes, 50 seconds after liftoff

ILS Mission Statistics:

  • 1st ILS Proton launch in 2008
  • 2nd Proton mission of the year
  • 1st Proton launch of STAR 2 bus
  • 44th ILS mission on Proton
  • 333rd Proton launch overall

Live Broadcast in North America:
Galaxy 26, transponder 9, 93 degrees West,  C-band, analog NTSC, downlink 3880 MHz (vertical)
Test signals start at 5:45 a.m. EST, broadcast starts approximately 6:13 a.m.

Live Feed for Europe:
New Skies NSS-7, transponder WHL4/EUH3, Channel 1
338 degrees West, Ku-band, digital PAL
downlink 11095.6 MHz (horizontal), symbol rate 5.632, FEC: 3/4
Test signals start at 10:45 GMT, broadcast starts approximately 11:13 GMT.

More Information:
Live webcast and general mission information are available on the ILS web site at www.ilslaunch.com.  Launch status updates are available on the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980.

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