June 2, 2003-
Payload: AMC-9
Spacebus 3000B3 platform
Separated mass: approx. 4,100 kg (9,039 lbs)

Launch Vehicle: Proton K/Breeze M
Weight at liftoff: 691,272 kg (1.5 million lbs), including payload
Height: 61 m (200 ft)

Launch Date: June 7, 2003 (Baikonur)
June 6, 2003 (GMT, U.S.)

Launch Window Opens: 4:15 a.m. Baikonur
22:15 GMT
6:15 p.m. EDT

Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launch Pad 39

End User: SES AMERICOM, Princeton, N.J.
Part of SES GLOBAL family of companies

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

Satellite Statistics:
1st delivery-in-orbit launch for Alcatel by ILS
8th Alcatel satellite launched by ILS
5th ILS launch for AMERICOM
Orbital location: 85 degrees West longitude
Anticipated service life of 15 years

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:
300th Proton launch
1st Proton mission this year
3rd ILS mission this year
27th ILS mission on Proton since formation of the U.S.-Russian joint venture in 1995
3rd ILS launch in two months

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.



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