QuetzSat-1 Success!

We have had a successful mission with the ILS Proton Rocket, carrying the QuetzSat-1 satellite built by Space Systems/Loral for SES. We have had confirmation that the QuetzSat-1 satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 11:45pm EDT, or 03:45 GMT, 9 hours and 13 minute 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.


QuetzSat-1 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 11:23pm EDT or 03:23 GMT. Separation of QuetzSat-1 spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 5th burn completion by about 13 minutes.


QuetzSat-1 Second Burn Completion

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the QuetzSat-1 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 13 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.


QuetzSat-1 First Burn Completion

We have received confirmation of completion of the first burn. The vehicle is now scheduled to be out of range for about an hour, after which we will hear confirmation of the second burn


QuetzSat-1 Stage Separations

We had a successful liftoff about 11 minutes ago of the ILS Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the QuetzSat-1 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.


ViaSat-1 and QuetzSat-1 Together!

After working for so long and so hard, it paid off today when we watched the QuetzSat-1 satellite move past the ViaSat-1 satellite in Hall 103. QuetzSat-1 was on its way to joint operations, and ViaSat-1 into standalone ops. A true testament to the hard work by International Launch Services (ILS), Khrunichev (KhSC), and Space Systems/Loral (SS/L).


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