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ILS PROTON SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES QUETZSAT-1 FOR SES

 

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, September 30, 2011 – International Launch Services (ILS), a leading launch services provider for the global commercial satellite industry, successfully carried the QuetzSat-1 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit today on an ILS Proton for SES of Luxembourg (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG). This was the 19th SES satellite launched on ILS Proton.


The ILS Proton Breeze M launched from Pad 39 at the Cosmodrome at 12:32 a.m. today local time (2:32 p.m. EDT, 18:32 GMT on September 29).  After a 9 hour, 13-minute mission, the Breeze M successfully released the QuetzSat-1 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit.

 

This was the 368th launch for Proton since its inaugural flight in 1965, and the 67th ILS Proton launch overall. The Proton Breeze M launch vehicle was developed and built by Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center of Moscow, one of the pillars of the Russian space industry and the majority shareholder in ILS.

 

QuetzSat-1 is an all Ku-band high-powered (20-kilowatt) communications broadcasting satellite with coverage of Mexico, USA, and Central America which is fully contracted to a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation. The spacecraft is based on Space Systems/Loral’s highly reliable 1300 satellite platform and carries 32 Ku-band transponders. QuetzSat-1 provides the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances and provides high power for advanced DTH television. It is designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer.

ILS President, Frank McKenna said, “SES has a long history with ILS and is an integral part of  our heritage with 19 missions launched on ILS Proton, dating back to the groundbreaking first launch on ILS Proton in 1996 with SES’s Astra 1F satellite. This long-term partnership illustrates a high level of confidence and trust in ILS Proton to launch over a third of their satellite fleet. We are honored to have launched the important QuetzSat-1 satellite for SES to serve EchoStar and thank SES, Space Systems/Loral and the ILS and Khrunichev teams for ensuring a successful launch of QuetzSat-1 to provide DTH services to Mexico and North and Central America.”

 

“The successful launch on ILS Proton of QuetzSat-1 satellite was critical for SES and our customer, EchoStar. We know we can count on ILS as they share the same dedication and commitment to facilitating the expansion of satellite communications worldwide with a launch on the heritage Proton launch vehicle. We look forward to our upcoming launches on ILS Proton to support the continued growth and replacement of our satellite fleet, continuing to reach new markets across the globe,” said SES President and CEO, Romain Bausch.

 

About ILS and Khrunichev

ILS is a world leader in providing launch services for global satellite operators offering a complete array of services and support, from contract signing through mission management and on-orbit delivery.  ILS has exclusive rights to market the Proton vehicle to commercial satellite operators worldwide and is a U.S. company headquartered in Reston, Va., near Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit www.ilslaunch.com.

 

Khrunichev, which holds the majority interest in ILS, is one of the cornerstones of the Russian space industry. Khrunichev manufactures the Proton system and is developing the next generation Angara launch system. The Proton launches from facilities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and has a heritage of 368 missions since 1965. Khrunichev includes among its branches, a number of key manufacturers of launch vehicle and spacecraft components in Moscow and in other cities of the Russian Federation.  For more information, visit www.khrunichev.com.

 

About SES
SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 49 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organizatio worldwide.

SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information under: www.ses.com.


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Cataloged as 37826  / 2011-54A.  Initial elements 320 x17721 km x 49.5 deg which is actually probably the Briz-M drop tank.
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Cataloged as 37826  / 2011-54A.  Initial elements 320 x17721 km x 49.5 deg which is actually probably the Briz-M drop tank.
Now Object B seems to be the spacecraft
According to Stratcom 37827/2011-54B in 5910 km x 35794 km x 18.6°

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Does anyone knows when the Proton-M and the Briz-M arrived to Baykonur? Thanks!

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Cataloged as 37826  / 2011-54A.  Initial elements 320 x17721 km x 49.5 deg which is actually probably the Briz-M drop tank.
Now Object B seems to be the spacecraft
According to Stratcom 37827/2011-54B in 5910 km x 35794 km x 18.6°

This sort of mis-cataloguing has happened in the past - when a human being rather than a computer within USSSN looks at the data the satellite will suddenly become A and the tank will suddenly become C.

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Cataloged as 37826  / 2011-54A.  Initial elements 320 x17721 km x 49.5 deg which is actually probably the Briz-M drop tank.
Now Object B seems to be the spacecraft
According to Stratcom 37827/2011-54B in 5910 km x 35794 km x 18.6°

This sort of mis-cataloguing has happened in the past - when a human being rather than a computer within USSSN looks at the data the satellite will suddenly become A and the tank will suddenly become C.



And now it's changed again - B and C (37827 and 37828) have been swapped.
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Examples of "mis-cataloguing" (but thanks all the same USSTRATCOM for the public data! 8) )
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QUETZSAT 1
1 37826U 11054A   11277.76526040 +.00002914 +00000-0 +10385-2 0 00081
2 37826 049.4935 292.1187 5643861 356.5416 000.8323 04.54391409000224
QUETZSAT 1
1 37826U 11054A   11278.71883545 -.00000299  00000-0  00000+0 0    88
2 37826 000.0697 282.7214 0009463 020.9654 260.5240 01.00378800   268

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BREEZE-M R/B
1 37827U 11054B   11273.92072693 -.00000074 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 00027
2 37827 018.5802 294.7060 5489321 359.9984 359.8248 01.93087007000015
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BREEZE-M R/B
1 37827U 11054B   11277.20563573 -.00000140  00000-0  00000+0 0    49
2 37827 005.2835 294.2033 2431616 000.4913 027.5218 01.38845078    71
BREEZE-M R/B
1 37827U 11054B   11277.92809696 -.00000224 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 00063
2 37827 000.4935 289.2256 0250032 004.5313 337.5447 01.04225521000085
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BREEZE-M R/B
1 37827U 11054B   11327.33357002 -.00000040  00000-0  10000-3 0   287
2 37827 018.2200 286.0003 5559470 019.8574 355.1185 02.07654977  2265

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BREEZE-M DEB (TANK)
1 37828U 11054C   11325.52585214  .00000063  00000-0  00000+0 0    59
2 37828 018.2324 286.2684 5558106 019.3690 083.7647 02.07654766   114
BREEZE-M DEB (TANK)
1 37828U 11054C   11326.39250836  .00006607  00000-0  19743-2 0    62
2 37828 049.4108 261.0295 5647077 023.1583 023.2714 04.54897033   135



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