|June 2, 2003-|
Spacebus 3000B3 platform
Separated mass: approx. 4,100 kg (9,039 lbs)
Launch Vehicle: Proton K/Breeze M
Launch Date: June 7, 2003 (Baikonur)
Launch Window Opens: 4:15 a.m. Baikonur
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
End User: SES AMERICOM, Princeton, N.J.
Satellite Manufacturer: Alcatel Space, Cannes, France
Launch Vehicle Manufacturer: Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow
Launch Services Provider: International Launch Services, McLean, Va.
Satellite Use: High-power communications satellite operating at C- and Ku-band to expand digital television broadcasting, data transmission and telecommunications services to North America
Mission Profile: The Proton launch vehicle will inject the satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit, using a five-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 circular parking orbit of 180 km (112 miles), inclined at 51.6 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).
Spacecraft Separation: Approximately 8 hours, 55 minutes after liftoff
ILS Mission Statistics:
Live Broadcast in U.S.: AMC-4, 101 degrees West, analog, transponder 22/C-band, downlink 4140MHz (H); digital, transponder 21/Ku-band, downlink 12120 MHz (V), FEC 3/4, 30 Msyms.
Test signals start at 5:30 p.m. June 6 EDT
Live broadcast in Europe: ASTRA 2C, 19.2 degrees East, transponder 1.057, downlink 10832.25 MHz (V), FEC: 5/6, 22 Msyms
Live Broadcast in Asia: Spacenet 4, 172 degrees East, digital, transponder 11/C-band, downlink 3913.5 MHz (H), FEC 3/4, 6.11 Msyms
More Information: Live webcast and general mission information are available on the ILS web site. Launch status updates are available on the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980.