|December 23, 2002–|
Payload: Nimiq 2
Separated mass: approx. 3600 kg (7937 lbs)
Launch Vehicle: Proton M/Breeze M
Launch Date: Monday, Dec. 30 (Baikonur)
Launch Window Opens: 4:17 a.m. (Baikonur)
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
End User: Telesat Canada
Satellite Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems
Launch Vehicle Manufacturer: Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow – Proton and Breeze M upper stage
Launch Services Provider: International Launch Services (ILS), McLean, Va.
Satellite Use: Direct-to-home broadcasting services across Canada for Bell ExpressVu
Mission Profile: The Proton M/Breeze M launch vehicle will inject the Nimiq 2 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit. The first three stages will use a standard ascent trajectory and will separate the Breeze M upper stage with the satellite suborbitally. The Breeze M will then ignite the first time and reach a 213 km (132-mile) circular parking orbit, inclined at 51.6 degrees. Then the satellite will be propelled to its transfer orbit by three additional burns of the Breeze M. Following the fourth burn and separation from the upper stage, the spacecraft will perform a series of liquid apogee engine burns to circularize the orbit at the geostationary altitude of 36,000 km (22,300 miles).
Target Orbit at Separation:
Spacecraft Separation: Approximately 6 hours, 53 minutes after liftoff
ILS Mission Statistics:
Live Broadcast in U.S.: Galaxy IV, transponder 18/C-band, 99 degrees West analog, downlink 4060 MHz
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.