We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the Inmarsat-4 F3 satellite built by EADS Astrium for Inmarsat. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 3:46 am Eastern time, or 7:46 GMT, 9 hours and 3 minutes after liftoff. Everything occurred as planned with ignition, shutdown and separation of the Protonâ€™s first three stages. Then the Breeze M upper stage with the satellite continued the mission, igniting five times, then releasing the satellite into transfer orbit.
19 Aug 2008