AsiaSat 7 Mission Success!

We have had a successful mission with the ILS Proton Rocket, carrying the AsiaSat 7 satellite built by Space Systems/Loral for AsiaSat. We have had confirmation that the AsiaSat 7 satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 11:23pm EST, or 03:23 GMT, 9 hours and 13 minute after liftoff.

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AsiaSat 7 | Stage Separations!

We had a successful liftoff about 11 minutes ago of the ILS Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the AsiaSat 7 satellite onboard. The three stages of the Proton vehicle have performed as planned, and it is up to the Breeze M upper stage to complete the mission. The upper stage has begun its first burn, which is scheduled to last around 4 minutes.
 

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AsiaSat 7 | Third Breeze M Burn Completion | APT Jettision

We have confirmed that the Breeze M upper stage has successfully completed its 3rd burn, as well as jettisoning its additional propellant tank. The vehicle is now in a 5-hour coast period, during which we will have nothing to report. The 4th burn is scheduled to start around 10:58 pm EST or 03:58 GMT. Separation of AsiaSat 7 spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 4th burn completion by about 15 minutes.

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AsiaSat 7 | Second Breeze M Burn Completion

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the AsiaSat 7 satellite onboard, we have received confirmation that the 2nd burn of the upper stage occurred and shut down as scheduled.
The next events are scheduled for about 2 hours from now. The Breeze M upper stage will ignite for a 3rd time and burn for approximately 17 minutes; after that the additional propellant tank will be jettisoned. All this will happen in a span of almost 20 minutes while the vehicle is again out of range of a ground station. We should reacquire the vehicle shortly after the APT is jettisoned.

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ILS First-Timer on a Camel!

On Wednesday 09 November, some additional ILS team members arrived in Baikonur.  We lucked out because we happened to arrive on a BBQ day!  The grill was going with burgers and hot links and despite the cold, everyone was having a great time.  Just as I expected, I was required to do the traditional camel ride for first-timers in Baikonur!  Go AsiaSat-7!

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Here We Go!

The Khrunichev (KhSC), International Launch Services, Space Systems/Loral and AsiaSat teams continue to work hard towards a launch in the early morning in Baikonur on November 26th. Spacecraft stand-alone operations will draw to a close next week, with propellant loading scheduled for completion 9 November. KhSC preparations of the Proton M and Breeze M are on task in Hall 101 and Hall 111 at Building 92A-50.
We’re all on pins and needles for the Glonass launch this evening, hoping that all goes well. The team will be getting together for a barbeque tomorrow in order to celebrate the Russian Unity Day Holiday and enjoy some good company and California style ribs and tri-tip.
 

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