SES-5| Mission Successful!

We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the SES-5 satellite built by Space Systems/Loral for SES. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 11:50 PM Eastern Time, or 3:50 AM GMT, 9 hours and 12 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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SES-5| Second Burn Completion

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the SES-5 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 about 10 minutes; after that the additional propellant tank will be jettisoned, and the 4th burn will start. All this will happen in a span of about 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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SES-5| 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.

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SES-5| Stage Separations

We had a successful liftoff about 12 minutes ago of our Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the SES-5 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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ILS Proton Successfully Launches SES-5 for SES

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, July 10, 2012– International Launch Services (ILS), a leading launch services provider for the global commercial satellite industry, successfully carried the SES-5 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit today on an ILS Proton for SES of Luxembourg (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG). This was the 21th SES satellite launched on ILS Proton, the 23rd launch of a Space Systems/Loral satellite, and the 74th ILS Proton launch overall.

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SES-5| 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 at 11:31 PM Eastern time, or 3:31 AM GMT. Separation of the SES-5 spacecraft is scheduled to follow that by about 20 minutes.
 

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ILS Proton Launch of SES-5 Satellite Postponed

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, June 20, 2012 – The launch of an ILS Proton launch vehicle with the SES-5 satellite was postponed today for technical reasons with the launch vehicle. The satellite is being launched for SES of Luxembourg and was built by Space Systems/Loral. The launch date will be determined at a later time.
On June 18, Khrunichev engineers at the launch site received an out of tolerance telemetry reading on a first stage subsystem during pre-flight testing. However, based on additional pre-flight testing performed on June 19, it was determined that further investigation is necessary, requiring the launch vehicle be returned to the processing hall for additional testing. The vehicle and satellite remain in a safe configuration at the launch site.

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ILS Proton Launch of SES-5 Satellite Postponed for 24 hours

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, June 19, 2012 – The launch of an ILS Proton launch vehicle with the SES-5 satellite was postponed today for one day for technical reasons with the launch vehicle. The satellite is being launched for SES of Luxembourg and was built by Space Systems/Loral. The launch is now set for June 21 at 12:24 am local time.

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