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Breeze M Delivered to Baikonur For Telstar 14R Launch

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, April 9, 2011 - Earlier this week, the Breeze M upper stage designated to the Proton launch vehicle that will be used to loft the Telstar 14R communications satellite for Telesat of Canada was delivered to Baikonur Cosmodrome.


SIRIUS XM-5 Delivered To Baikonur

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, September 12, 2010 -- The Sirius XM-5, a U.S.-built communications satellite that will be launched for Sirius XM Radio in October, arrived at the Baikonur Launch Base onboard Antonov-124  cargo aircraft operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines (Russia), on Sunday, 12 September.  


Breeze M Arrives at Baikonur for SIRIUS XM-5 Launch

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, August 24, 2010 --The Breeze M upper stage (US) – which will be used as a forth stage on a Proton M space rocket to insert into orbit the Sirius XM-5 satellite – was delivered today to Baikonur Launch Base (Cosmodrome) on a Russian AN-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ transport aircraft of Polet Airlines.


Proton M Shipped to Baikonur to Launch Sirius XM-5

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, August 06, 2010 – The Khrunichev Space Center, Moscow shipped a Proton M launch vehicle to the Baikonur Launch Base on the night of August 6 to support the mission of Sirius XM-5, a U.S. communication spacecraft.


Happy 55th Birthday Baikonur!

Launch campaigns in Baikonur are always special, but we had a very rare opportunity to join KhSC and community members in the Baikonur City Jubilee celebration. The day started with a parade in the stadium and ended with a beautiful fireworks display. Astrium, ARABSAT and ILS were honored to be asked to march alongside KhSC. When we heard about the celebration, we remembered our visit to the space museum at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. At the museum we learned that the city of Baikonur and the space center (which is what “cosmodrome” means) were founded on June 2, 1955. A casual search of the Internet, however, shows that construction in the area was well under way before that date. This raises the question “So, what’s special about June 2?” Noted space expert Valeriy Menshikov, who took part in 900 launches over a 23-year career at Baikonur, provides an answer to that question in his book on the history of the cosmodrome. According to Menshikov, construction of some of the largest structures of the industrial age had begun here early in 1955, but that the official decree of the Soviet General Staff formally inaugurating construction of a scientific research and testing range at Baikonur was issued on June 2. That’s why local residents consider June 2 to be the “birthday” of the settlement and the Cosmodrome.


ET Arrives in Baikonur!

The first ILS launch campaign of 2010 is underway. The Early Team set out on the 6th of January from Virginia to kick off the launch of the Intelsat 16 commercial communications satellite from Baikonur. After a long trip to Moscow, and with an early flight to Baikonur scheduled for the next morning, we all called it an early night. After breakfast, a drive through unusually deserted Moscow streets (it was the day after Russian Orthodox Christmas), and a very uneventful charter flight on a Tupolev Tu-134, the Early Team arrived safe and sound at Yubileiny Airfield on the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Then it was a 45 minute bus ride to the hotel (our home away from home for the next month), the mandatory Safety and Security Arrival briefing, dinner, and another early night for many of the team members. The next few days consisted of office setup and facility acceptance checks as we prepared for the arrival of the Intelsat 16 spacecraft.


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