|October 8, 2004Payload: AMC-15 communications satellite
Lockheed Martin A2100 platform
Separated spacecraft mass: Approx. 8,865 lbs (4,021 kg)
Launch Vehicle: Proton M/Breeze M
Launch Date: Oct. 15 (Baikonur)
Launch Window Opens: 3:23 a.m. Baikonur
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launch Customer: SES AMERICOM, Princeton, N.J.
Satellite Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems Co., Newtown, Pa.
Launch Vehicle Manufacturer: Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow
Launch Services Provider: International Launch Services (ILS), McLean, Va.
Satellite Use: Ku- and Ka-band hybrid satellite for SES AMERICOM’S AMERICOM2Home customer, EchoStar DISH Network direct-to-home entertainment service, covering all 50 United States.
Mission Profile: The Proton launch vehicle will inject the satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit, using a three-burn Breeze M mission design. 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 support orbit of 173 km (107 miles), inclined at 51.5 degrees. Then the satellite will be propelled to its transfer orbit by additional burns of the Breeze M. Following separation from the Breeze M, the spacecraft will perform a series of liquid apogee engine burns to raise perigee, lower inclination and circularize the orbit at the geostationary altitude of 36,000 km (22,300 miles).
Target Orbit at Separation:
Spacecraft Separation: Approximately 6 hours, 55 minutes after liftoff
ILS Mission Statistics:
NEWS MEDIA ACTIVITIES
Live Broadcast in U.S.: AMC-9 , transponder 3C, C-band, 85 degrees West, downlink 3760 MHz (vertical), analog
AMC-9 , transponder 3K, Ku-band, 85 degrees West,
In Europe, Russia & Kazakhstan: NSS-7, transponder NAV6/EUH6, Channel 1, Ku-band
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.