XM-5 Second Burn Completion

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the XM-5 satellite, we have received confirmation that the 2nd burn of the upper stage occurred and shut down as scheduled.

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XM-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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XM-5 Third and Fourth Burn Completion

We have confirmed that the Breeze M upper stage has successfully completed its 3rd burn and 4th 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 5th burn is scheduled to start around 11:46 p.m. EDT, or 03:46 GMT. Separation of the XM-5 spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 5th burn completion by about 13 minutes.

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ILV Rollout to Launch

The last few days have been busy at Baikonur. The mating and testing of the Integrated Launch Vehicle (ILV) is complete. The Breeze M has been fueled and, at 06:30 sharp on Monday morning, the ILV was rolled out of the Breeze M Fueling Area to make its way to Pad 24.

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And Even Some Time for Sports

No, it is certainly not all work out here in Baikonur.  As you may have noticed, we are still taking advantage of the nice weather by BBQ’ing as often as we can.  But with the sun going down earlier every day, there are still a couple of hours for everyone to try and stay sharp at their favorite summertime sports.  Though there seems to be daily volleyball and basketball games interspersed with some football every now and again, we have also had a few other special events in the evenings.  The Loral wiffle ball world series was quite the spectacle.  For those more adept at accuracy, we have installed a horse shoe pit, not that anyone was THAT accurate.  And the evening breezes are perfect for kite flying, and there is also a two mile bike route for those seeking more strenuous activity.

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XM-5: Preparing for Joint Operations

The SS/ Loral Propulsion Team completed their fuel and oxidizer loading operations over the weekend in a very efficient manner. They were all back at the hotel before the rest of us even had time to realize they were gone.

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SIRIUS XM-5 SC Arrival

The Sirius XM-5 spacecraft arrived on a beautiful Sunday morning. The offload was completed in near record time and the train carrying the spacecraft arrived to 92A-50 at 20:30. After a long day of Fitcheck on Monday and the beginning of standalone operations on Tuesday, the launch team had a barbeque to celebrate the start of the campaign and the arrival of the propulsion team.

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SIRIUS XM-5 Arrival of the Team

All of the teams have assembled in Baikonur. The early team arrived on Wednesday to open the facility after its first shut-down in over a year. The team from SS / Loral arrived on Friday, just in time to see the launch of a Progress mission in Area 31. Everyone is settling in and preparing for the SC Arrival on Sunday morning. 

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