Planning Meeting

For the first few weeks of the launch campaign, a planning meeting begins each morning promptly at 09:30. Representatives from EchoStar, ILS, SS/L, Khrunichev, Zerkt, DB Salyut, Khrunichev Telecom, ILS Logistics, Pinkerton, SOS International and DTSA support the meeting. The first order of business is the local weather report, followed by Khrunichev’s overview of the status of the Proton launch vehicle, the payload fairing, the payload adapter, the Breeze M, and the launch pad. It’s then SS/L’s turn to report on their preparations of the EchoStar 14 spacecraft, and the meeting wraps up with a review of the processing schedule for the next three days. In addition, any issues or special coordination requests from either SS/L or Khrunichev are discussed and resolved. It’s not all work, though, because the meetings provide opportunities to lightly socialize with our campaign friends and participate in traditional activities such as signing the campaign posters and banners.

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EchoStar XIV Mission Success!

We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the EchoStar XIV satellite built by Space Systems/Loral. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 23:37 p.m. EST, or 03:37 GMT, 9 hours and 10 minutes after liftoff.

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EchoStar XIV Mission Success!

We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the EchoStar XIV satellite built by Space Systems/Loral. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 23:37 p.m. EST, or 03:37 GMT, 9 hours and 10 minutes after liftoff. Everything occurred as planned with ignition, shutdown and separation of the Proton’s first three stages. Then the Breeze M upper stage with the satellite continued the mission, igniting five times, and then releasing the satellite into transfer orbit.

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EchoStar XIV Third and Fourth Burn Completion

We have confirmed that the Breeze M upper stage has successfully completed its 3rd & 4th burns, 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 5th burn is scheduled to start around 11:20 p.m. EST, or 03:20 GMT. Separation of the EchoStar XIV spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 5th burn completion by about 12 minutes.

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EchoStar XIV Second Burn Completion

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the EchoStar XIV satellite, 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 10 minutes; after that the additional propellant tank will be jettisoned, and the 4th burn will start and complete. 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 4th burn ends.

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EchoStar XIV Stage Separations

We had a successful liftoff about 10 minutes ago of our Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the EchoStar XIV satellite. 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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Mate to Breeze M

After a couple of days of fueling it’s time to start the mating process. It takes several different teams to get through the next set of critical activities. So we started with a group meeting to ensure we were all on the same page. The team work paid off because the SC has been mated to the adapter, lifted onto the Breeze M and prepared for the encapsulation in the payload fairing (PLF). One of the teams is the RUAG specialists who install the clampband, which holds the SC to the adapter. After the SC/adapter unit is mated to the upper stage, the whole assembly is tilted over horizontally. We all held our breath during the tilting because the EchoStar XIV SC is the heaviest to travel on Proton to date at over 14,000 pounds!

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