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Briz-M upper stage has been delivered to Baikonur today.

http://www.roscosmos.ru/main.php?id=2&nid=18432
« Last Edit: 12/24/2013 06:57 pm by Jester »
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The launch is planned at 18:44:01 UTC.

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The launch is planned at the same time on February 20th.

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The launch will be possibly on March 5th.

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Launch delayed: looks like there's a problem with SES-4! (Sirius FM-6 and SES-4 are both of the LS-1300 model by SS/L)
« Last Edit: 02/17/2012 08:41 am by Galactic Penguin SST »
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Launch delayed: looks like there's a problem with SES-4! (Sirius FM-6 and SES-4 are both of the LS-1300 model by SS/L)

Latest news from Russian sources indicated that Sirius FM-6 will be shipped back to SS/L's factory for additional checks on the deployment mechanism of the solar panels, delaying its launch by about 4 months. The next Proton launch will occur on March 20 (Intelsat 22?)
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For what it is worth, SES-4 is reported to have deployed it's solar panels ( http://www.satellitetoday.com/st/headlines/SES-4-Deploys-Solar-Arrays-Heads-to-GEO-Orbit_38357.html ) so this "issue" in the novosti-kosmonavtiki threads did not prevent deployment.

Sounds like an abundance of caution issue. They see/saw/know something that they want corrected.

Art LeBrun pointed out the news article over in the SES-4 thread http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=27107.msg863847#msg863847
« Last Edit: 02/17/2012 02:08 pm by kevin-rf »
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The launch is planned on August 14th.

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Preparations for next Proton LV takeoff resumes at Baikonur
http://www.interfax.ru/russia/news.asp?id=319561 (On Russian)

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Preparations for next Proton LV takeoff resumes at Baikonur
http://www.interfax.ru/russia/news.asp?id=319561 (On Russian)
I have changed the title of this thread since the article refers to a possible Proton launch resumption from early fall 2013

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Briz-M upper stage was delivered to Baikonur cosmodrome today
http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=2861 (On Russian)
« Last Edit: 08/27/2013 02:42 pm by Artyom. »

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It's been a very long road to the pad, but Sirius FM-6 has finally arrived at Baikonur today: http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=2869
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The launch is planned on October 20th.

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Sirius FM-6 launch poster

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Briz-M upper stage was delivered to Baikonur cosmodrome today
http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=2861 (On Russian)

Just to clarify this is the second Briz-M to be delivered, after the first was used for Echostar-16.

Also, oddly that press release has been amended to the to 30th September; rather then issuing a new press release?
« Last Edit: 10/01/2013 03:49 pm by Stan Black »

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Proton-M rolled out for upper stage fueling:

http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=2888 (On Russian)

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MEDIA ADVISORY: ILS PROTON TO LAUNCH SIRIUS FM-6
Payload:             
Sirius FM-6 communications satellite
SSL 1300 Platform
Separated spacecraft mass: 6,003 kg (13,234 lbs)
Launch Vehicle:               
Proton M/Breeze M
705,000 kg (1,554,000 lbs), including payload
58.2 m (191 ft)
Launch Date:     
October 21, 2013
Launch Time:     
00:12:56 Baikonur
14:12:56 EDT, October 20   
11:12:56 PDT, October 20
18:12:56 GMT, October 20
Launch Site:       
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Launch Pad 39
Launch Customer:           
Sirius XM Radio, New York, New York
Satellite Manufacturer:               
SSL, Palo Alto, California
Launch Vehicle Manufacturer: 
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow
Launch Services Provider:           
International Launch Services, Reston, Va
Satellite Use:   
Sirius FM-6 is a high-power geostationary satellite for SiriusXM, America’s largest radio broadcaster measured by revenue and one of the world’s largest pure-play audio entertainment companies. Sirius FM-6 will help with the delivery of commercial-free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment and Latin programming, traffic and weather to more than 25 million subscribers. Sirius FM-6 will also help in the delivery of traffic and other data service information to markets across North America for vehicles with navigational systems. SiriusXM is installed in vehicles of every major automaker and available for sale at retail locations nationwide. Sirius FM-6 will ensure SiriusXM’s array of audio and data services are received by vehicles, mobile devices and home receivers and will play an important role in bolstering the continuity of service for years to come.
Satellite Statistics:         
__20 Kw end-of-life power
__R-4D, 4 SPT-100 plasma thrusters
__1 X-band uplink transponder
__1 S-band downlink transponder
__Planned orbital location: 116.15 degrees west longitude
__Anticipated service life: 15 years
Mission Profile:               
The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the Sirius FM-6 satellite on board. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the Sirius FM-6 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geostationary transfer orbit. Separation of the Sirius FM-6 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 11 minutes, and 20 seconds after liftoff.
Target Orbit at Separation:         
Perigee:  4,126 km
Apogee: 35,786 km
Inclination: 23.2 degrees
Spacecraft Separation: 
Approximately 9 hours, 11 minutes after liftoff
ILS Mission Statistics:   
_6th SiriusXM Satellite Launched on ILS Proton
_27th SSL Satellite Launched on ILS Proton
_6th ILS Proton Launch in 2013
_83rd ILS Proton Launch Overall
More Information:
Live webcast will begin approximately 30 minutes before liftoff.  General mission information and launch status updates are available at the website. You can also follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook for mission updates.
               
Live Broadcast:
Live Coverage starting: 13:45 EDT / 17:45 GMT, 20 October
Launch is scheduled for 14:12:56 EDT / 18:12:56 GMT.
Launch Broadcast concludes no later than 14:45 EDT / 18:45 GMT.
Webcast can be seen at: 
http://siriusfm6.imgondemand.com
And via Satellite TODAY:
http://www.satellitetoday.com/
Test Signals:
HD test for US/ AMC-9 will begin at 13:15 EDT
Live test for Europe/ Baikonur will begin at 13:15 EDT/17:15 GMT
In Baikonur and Europe, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the Following (HD):
Eutelsat 10A:10 degrees east TXP B3
Channel: 12MHZ SLOT 3E12
Uplink Frequency: 14369 MHZ POL Y BY D-FRA-022  UP3 (ASI ONLY)  EU10A
Downlink Frequency: 11069 MHZ POL X
HD 1080i 50Hz DVBS2 8PSK 9.875Ms/s FEC 3/4,
P RoF 0.2 (MPEG4/H.264 420 21.503 Mbps)
AUDIO:1     SOUND MONO
AUDIO:2     SOUND MONO           
In the US, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the Following (HD):
Satellite Transponder
Channel Bandwidth U/L Freq / pol D/L Freq / pol
AMC-9, transponder 04C
Channel: C04BC @ 83W, 18.00 MHz
Uplink Frequency: 6,014.000 / H
Downlink Frequency: 3,789.000 / V
1080i QPSK
FEC:  3/4
Symbol rate:  13.333, DVB – S, MPEG2 HD 4:2:0

http://www.ilslaunch.com/newsroom/news-releases/media-advisory-ils-proton-launch-sirius-fm-6

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State Commission has given green light for the transport of the Proton-M launch vehicle to the launch complex
http://www.federalspace.ru/19899/ (On Russian)

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Proton-M with the Sirius FM-6 satellite was transported to the launch complex

http://www.federalspace.ru/19900/

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Khrunichev information about the launch


The Sirius-FM6 mission will be the seventh Proton launch of 2013 and the 390th Proton flight overall.

This will be the sixth commercial mission of the year for ILS and the 83rd ILS Proton mission since the Proton April 1996 first commercial flight.

This will also be the sixth SiriusXM satellite launched with Proton. In addition, the Sirius-FM6 will be the 27th SS/L satellite launched on Proton.

http://coopi.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=651

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Roscosmos video of the roll-out


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Can someone confirm that the rocket to be used is #935-35 that was damaged late last year while being transported for the Satmex-6 launch campaign? Thanks!
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935-34 Yamal 402
935-36  Satmex
are you right 035-35
proton take chance again ?

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Can someone confirm that the rocket to be used is #935-35 that was damaged late last year while being transported for the Satmex-6 launch campaign? Thanks!

Yes, this is 8K82KM Proton-M/Briz-M (93535/99542).

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Can someone confirm that the rocket to be used is #935-35 that was damaged late last year while being transported for the Satmex-6 launch campaign? Thanks!

Yes, this is 8K82KM Proton-M/Briz-M (93535/99542).
So what is flying on 8K82KM Proton-M/Briz-M (93540/?) as it was originally scheduled for SES-6?

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Can someone confirm that the rocket to be used is #935-35 that was damaged late last year while being transported for the Satmex-6 launch campaign? Thanks!

Yes, this is 8K82KM Proton-M/Briz-M (93535/99542).
So what is flying on 8K82KM Proton-M/Briz-M (93540/?) as it was originally scheduled for SES-6?

Regarding the next Proton missions:

53541/88532 for Globus-1M (13L)
93544/99546 for Inmarsat-5-F1
93541/99543 for Ekspress-AM5

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This may be the first orbital launch in three weeks or so, since another Proton M orbited Astra 2E.  An odd interval that could see "back to back" Proton launches from the same pad listed on the world-wide launch log.

 - Ed Kyle

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This may be the first orbital launch in three weeks or so, since another Proton M orbited Astra 2E.  An odd interval that could see "back to back" Proton launches from the same pad listed on the world-wide launch log.

 - Ed Kyle

Kchrunichev is apparently so busy with this launch that they forgot the page with photos of launch preps...
(or did I miss it?)

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I was told that the launch is delayed to October 21st due to problems with Briz-M upper stage and there is possibility of returning of rocket from the launch pad to the assembly-testing facility

I am sorry, it was old information. From yesterday, obviously.
« Last Edit: 10/19/2013 05:38 pm by anik »

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I was told that the launch is delayed to October 21st due to problems with Briz-M upper stage and there is possibility of returning of rocket from the launch pad to the assembly-testing facility

I am sorry, it was old information. From yesterday, obviously.

Now I am confused.

Although it is old information that the launch is delayed, is that also wrong information?

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I was told that the launch is delayed to October 21st due to problems with Briz-M upper stage and there is possibility of returning of rocket from the launch pad to the assembly-testing facility

I am sorry, it was old information. From yesterday, obviously.

Now I am confused.

Although it is old information that the launch is delayed, is that also wrong information?

From NK: The issue was discussed yesterday with a potential for delaying the launch, but it was decided to launch on-time.
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I was told that the launch is delayed to October 21st due to problems with Briz-M upper stage and there is possibility of returning of rocket from the launch pad to the assembly-testing facility

I am sorry, it was old information. From yesterday, obviously.

Now I am confused.

Although it is old information that the launch is delayed, is that also wrong information?

According to NK forum, the launch will NOT be delayed. It will happen as previously scheduled, on 20th October at 18h12 GMT.
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From NK: The issue was discussed yesterday with a potential for delaying the launch, but it was decided to launch on-time.

Even though there is an issue with the Briz-M?????

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From NK: The issue was discussed yesterday with a potential for delaying the launch, but it was decided to launch on-time.

Even though there is an issue with the Briz-M? ??? ?
No problem its a Briz-M it will make it to an orbit  ;D
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Hmm  :-\ ... According to  - http://novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/forum/messages/forum12/topic12148/message1142734/#message1142734, the launch of Sirius FM-6 postponed.

Yes, the launch is delayed to October 21st - http://www.interfax.ru/russia/news.asp?id=335801 (On Russian)
« Last Edit: 10/20/2013 08:46 am by Artyom. »

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NOTAM for 1st stage debris
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K0610/13 -  ATS ROUTE SEGMENTS CLSD: 1. A113 TIROK-GISIR FM 30 KM TO 65 KM 2. B822 LUGER-BETIK FM 38 KM TO 73 KM SFC/UNL. SFC - UNL, DAILY 1800/1900, 20 OCT 18:00 2013 UNTIL 21 OCT 19:00 2013. CREATED: 17 OCT 05:09 2013
NOTAMs for 2nd stage and fairing debris
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P5864/13 -  ATS RTE SEGMENTS CLSD: A814 ARNUL - ADOBA B206 ARNUL - AKTAS G489 TELRU - AKTAS. SFC - UNL, 21 OCT 18:00 2013 UNTIL 21 OCT 19:00 2013. CREATED: 20 OCT 08:13 2013
P5853/13 -  RESTRICTED AREA ACT: UNR1238. SFC - UNL, DAILY 1800-1900, 20 OCT 18:00 2013 UNTIL 21 OCT 19:00 2013. CREATED: 19 OCT 04:25 2013
NOTAM for 3rd stage debris
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A4610/13 -  THE RUSSIAN FEDERAL SPACE AGENCY HAS PLANNED A MISSILE LAUNCH.  DEBRIS FROM THIS LAUNCH WILL FALL WITHIN AN AREA BOUNDED BY 2515N/16000E  2600N/16045E  2330N/16335E  2245N/16248E BACK TO THE POINT OF ORIGIN.  IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY ALL NON-PARTICIPATING AIR TRAFFIC ARE ADVISED TO AVOID THE NOTAMED AREA.  IFR AIRCRAFT UNDER ATC JURISDICTION SHOULD ANTICIPATE CLEARANCE AROUND THE NOTAMED AREA. SFC - UNL, 1800-1930 DAILY, 20 OCT 18:00 2013 UNTIL 23 OCT 19:30 2013. CREATED: 18 OCT 13:36 2013
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"Launch of "Proton" postponed due to broken American station in South Africa"
http://izvestia.ru/news/559159

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Tomorrow's exact launch time is 18:12:06 UTC.
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Statement:

 PROTON LAUNCH OF SIRIUS FM-6 SATELLITE POSTPONED

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, October 21, 2013 – The launch of a Proton launch vehicle with the Sirius FM-6 satellite was postponed today for at least 24 hours due to issues with the satellite ground station network required for the launch and early orbital operations of the Sirius FM-6 spacecraft.
 
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (Khrunichev) and International Launch Services (ILS) plan to make another attempt at 12:12 a.m. local time on October 22 in Baikonur (2:12 pm EDT on October 21). The satellite was built for Sirius XM Radio of New York, by SSL of California.
 
It was determined by SSL and SiriusXM, as a precautionary measure, that additional time was needed to evaluate issues related to a required remote satellite ground stations. The Proton Launch Vehicle and Sirius FM-6 satellite remain in a safe configuration with no technical issues at the launch site.
« Last Edit: 10/20/2013 04:37 pm by Chris Bergin »
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Launch could be put off again this time to October 25
http://www.interfax.ru/russia/txt.asp?id=335870 (in Russian)
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"Launch has been postponed again at the request of the American side, new launch date will be determined by the State Commission.."
http://ria.ru/space/20131021/971444437.html

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New launch date confirmed: October 25
http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=2893 (via Salo)

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According to ILS:

Launch Date:  October 25, 2013 - 2:08pm EDT

 http://www.ilslaunch.com/mission-control/mission-sirius-fm-6

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Other extended stays at the launch site

Proton rocket: 53513
Payload: AMC23
Visits to launch site: 2
Time spent: 7 days
Visit 1: 3rd December 2005 to 7th December 2005 (returned to MIK)
 - “The delay was announced after preflight testing indicated anomalous behavior of the flight control unit on the Briz-M upper stage. The Proton vehicle will be returned to the processing facility for further investigation of the anomaly. [source]
Visit 2: 26th December 2005 to 29th December 2005, 2:28 a.m. 40·012 seconds (launched)

Proton rocket: 39601
Payload: Telstar-6
 - “Telstar-6 made two visits to Baikonur. [source]
Visits to launch site: 2
Time spent: 7 days
Visit 1: 26th January 1999 to 29th January 1999 (returned to MIK)
 - “Due to a problem with the digital computer on the fourth stage. [source]
Visit 2: 11th February 1999 to 15th February 1999, 5:12 a.m. 0·002 seconds (launched)

Proton rocket: 93524
Payload: SES4
Visits to launch site: 3
Time spent: 8 days
Visit 1: 24th December 2011 to 27th December 2011 (returned to MIK)
 - “The problem is a failure of the inertially stabilised platform of Briz-M upper stage. [source]
Visit 2: 25th January 2012 to 27th January 2012 (returned to MIK)
 - “A malfunction was discovered on a transit cable in the first stage of the Proton rocket. This cable is reportedly supply power to an autonomous pump unit on the second stage of the vehicle… [source] [source] [source]
Visit 3: 11th February 2012 to 14th February 2012, 7:36 p.m. 36·986 seconds (launched)

Proton rocket: 39102
Payload: Iridium
Visits to launch site: 1
Time spent: 9 days
Visit 1: 29th March 1998 to 7th April 1998, 2:13:03 a.m. (launched)
 - “A hurricane passed through Baikonur, with showers and snow. [source]

Proton rocket: 38901
Payload: Raduga
Visits to launch site: 3
Time spent: around 10 days
Visit 1: 25th April 1999 to 28th April 1999 (returned to MIK)
Visit 2: 3rd May 1999 to 7th May 1999 (returned to MIK)
Visit 3: July 1999 to 5th July 1999 1:31 p.m. 59·973 seconds (launched)

Proton rocket: 41001
Payload: AMC9
Visits to launch site: 3
Time spent: 11 days
Visit 1: 25th April 2003 to 29th April 2003 (returned to MIK)
 - “Failure of telemetry unit in Briz-M. [source]
Visit 2: 16th May 2003 to 20th May 2003 (returned to MIK)
 - “Fault in the inertially stabilised platform of the Briz-M upper stage. [source]
Visit 3: 3rd June 2003 to 6th June 2003, 10:15 p.m. 15·031 seconds (launched)

Proton rocket: 40602
Payload: Echostar-8
Visits to launch site: 2
Time spent: 12 days
Visit 1: 18th June 2002 to 24th June 2002 (returned to MIK)
 - “A faulty command receiver on the spacecraft forced the launch to be delayed on June 22nd for repairs. [source]
Visit 2: 16th August 2002 to 22nd August 2002, 5:15 a.m. (launched)
 - “After a two-day postponement by gusty upper level winds. [source]

Proton rocket: 53501
Payload: Ekran-M
Visits to launch site: 3
Time spent: 13 days
Visit 1: 15th December 2000 to 20th December 2000 (returned to MIK)
Visit 2: 27th March 2001 to 30th March 2001 (returned to MIK)
Visit 3: 2nd April 2001 to 7th April 2001, 3:47 a.m. 0·525 seconds (launched)

Proton rocket: 34701
Payload: Kosmos-1870
Visits to launch site: 1
Time spent: 30 days
Visit 1: 25th June 1987 to 25th July 1987, 9:00 a.m. (launched)
 - “Delayed awaiting permission to launch. [source]

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Nice work, Stan. Thank you!!

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ILS ‏@ILSLaunch 

@ILSLaunch #SiriusFM6 Broadcast begins at 1:45 PM EDT! #Go Proton! http://ow.ly/qaM03


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Live from Baikonur...

Service tower is being rolled back to the launch position.

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45 minutes for launch... all looks good.

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As always, let's all try and get a really nice launch image for the article (which will go on at launch).
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We can still see people near the launch pad...

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Hi all!
I´m confused... ILS-Launch´ webpage says "LIFTOFF".
(http://www.ilslaunch.com/)

Any ideas, what´s going on? Possibly a "time-problem"?

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Hi all!
I´m confused... ILS-Launch´ webpage says "LIFTOFF".
(http://www.ilslaunch.com/)

Any ideas, what´s going on? Possibly a "time-problem"?

greetings...
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At this time countdown clock is still ticking at T-36m

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I´m confused... ILS-Launch´ webpage says "LIFTOFF".
(http://www.ilslaunch.com/)

Any ideas, what´s going on? Possibly a "time-problem"?

greetings...
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Normally it says LAUNCH, so its a typo since the clock is still counting down.

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T-35m LV GN&C GLSTE arms the launch abort systems. Readiness green indicator light illuminates on the launch abort unit front panel. Two redundant displays on the launch abort unit are synchronized to the CD clock and start countdown. SC launch unit abort switch is active.

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30 minutes and counting...

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T-25 mins.

GO for upbeat supermaket music!
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Here we go.
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T-20 minutes...

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T-15 mins.
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As always, let's all try and get a really nice launch image for the article (which will go on at launch).

will try...

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Thanks for the updates!

greetings...
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T-10 minutes... SC Customer gives verbal readiness on countdown network.

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T-5 minutes... LV GN&C GLSTE sends a T-300 sec command signal to the Breeze M GN&C GLSTE to synchronize the lift-off time. Breeze M begins transfer to internal power.

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T-120 seconds... LV GN&C begins transfer to internal power. Breeze M completes transfer to internal power, sends “BREEZE M GO” signal to LV GN&C GLSTE.

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At T-3.1s LV GN&C GLSTE performs a final GO/NO-GO check of the LV, Breeze M and SC. If all the integrated LV components are GO, the first stage ignition sequence start is sent at the estimated time.

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T-60 seconds.
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LAUNCH!!

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This one is going in the right direction too!
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All nominal...

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Stage 1/2 sep...

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Staging!

Second stage ignition.

1-2 Sep.
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All nominal... Second stage burning...

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T+4 minutes... all nominal...

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Couple HD snaps
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T+5 minutes ... nominal flight...

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Stage 2/3 sep...

Fairing sep...

All nominal...

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Third stage burning... nominal flight...

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All nominal... nearing the end of third stage burn...

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End of third stage burn.

Third stage sep...

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Preparing for first Briz-M burn...

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T+11m46s... First Briz-M burn....

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At this time we are on the first Briz-M burn.

This mission has a 5-burn Breeze M mission design.

Separation of the Sirius FM-6 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 11 minutes, and 20 seconds after liftoff.

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Planned sequence of events

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End of the first Briz-M burn...

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Webcast ending. Mission continuing.

Thanks to all who helped with coverage, especially Rui!

Next mission will be....
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End of the first Briz-M burn...
Duration was 259s for 267s nominal

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Thanks to all, for the coverage of this launch!
My tsenki-webcast had some issues and broke again and again.

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Second Briz-M burn already took place.

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2nd Briz-M burn completed: lasted 1039s for 1066s nominal

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We are getting near the point where the Briz-M has failed in the past, sometimes due to the main engine plumbing failing.

There *are* 4 FGB-class auxiliary thrusters pointed in the right direction, but these are plumbed to the main prop tank, apparently, these are connected to a smaller "high pressure" prop tank. Since these are fired to provide acceleration for the start of the main engine firing, I suspect that they are required to have higher than normal pressure in the prop tanks (with "normal" being the tank pressure when the thrusters are used at ISS).

I would imagine that if Briz fires multiple times, these auxiliary propulsion prop tanks are pretty much empty by the end of the mission; otherwise, they could be used to provide a little extra delta-V as verniers.


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Exact launch time is 18:08:53.957 UTC.

We are getting near the point where the Briz-M has failed in the past, sometimes due to the main engine plumbing failing

Exactly! How do you think what will be this time? Your thoughts are very important!
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We are getting near the point where the Briz-M has failed in the past, sometimes due to the main engine plumbing failing.

There *are* 4 FGB-class auxiliary thrusters pointed in the right direction, but these are plumbed to the main prop tank, apparently, these are connected to a smaller "high pressure" prop tank. Since these are fired to provide acceleration for the start of the main engine firing, I suspect that they are required to have higher than normal pressure in the prop tanks (with "normal" being the tank pressure when the thrusters are used at ISS).

I would imagine that if Briz fires multiple times, these auxiliary propulsion prop tanks are pretty much empty by the end of the mission; otherwise, they could be used to provide a little extra delta-V as verniers.



There are usually two additional burns for disposal; looking at the numbers half the propellant remains. About 210 seconds total planned duration, of which 115 seconds left for disposal.

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We are getting near the point where the Briz-M has failed in the past, sometimes due to the main engine plumbing failing.

There *are* 4 FGB-class auxiliary thrusters pointed in the right direction, but these are plumbed to the main prop tank, apparently, these are connected to a smaller "high pressure" prop tank. Since these are fired to provide acceleration for the start of the main engine firing, I suspect that they are required to have higher than normal pressure in the prop tanks (with "normal" being the tank pressure when the thrusters are used at ISS).

I would imagine that if Briz fires multiple times, these auxiliary propulsion prop tanks are pretty much empty by the end of the mission; otherwise, they could be used to provide a little extra delta-V as verniers.



There is no "auxiliary propulsion prop tank". The 11D458 engines take their propellant in the same tanks as S5.98M main engine.
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2nd Briz-M burn completed: lasted 1039s for 1066s nominal

Why does it often seem to burn under the nominal length, I have noticed this before?
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2nd Briz-M burn completed: lasted 1039s for 1066s nominal

Why does it often seem to burn under the nominal length, I have noticed this before?

I would assume that over such long burns, slight variations in performance can add up to a total change in delta-V from what is baselined as nominal.
I would also assume that the Briz-M is shooting for a target orbit rather than a target burn time.
Perhaps Briz-M commonly performs slightly better than what is considered nominal?

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We are getting near the point where the Briz-M has failed in the past, sometimes due to the main engine plumbing failing.

There *are* 4 FGB-class auxiliary thrusters pointed in the right direction, but these are plumbed to the main prop tank, apparently, these are connected to a smaller "high pressure" prop tank. Since these are fired to provide acceleration for the start of the main engine firing, I suspect that they are required to have higher than normal pressure in the prop tanks (with "normal" being the tank pressure when the thrusters are used at ISS).

I would imagine that if Briz fires multiple times, these auxiliary propulsion prop tanks are pretty much empty by the end of the mission; otherwise, they could be used to provide a little extra delta-V as verniers.



There is no "auxiliary propulsion prop tank". The 11D458 engines take their propellant in the same tanks as S5.98M main engine.

I have a dim memory of there being high pressure prop tanks for the auxiliary thrusters.  Actually, it's more than a dim memory:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/03/ils-proton-m-launch-satmex-8/
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The Briz-M (Breeze-M) upper stage is the Phase III variant, a recent upgrade which utilizes two new high-pressure tanks (80 liters) to replace six smaller tanks


If the auxiliary thrusters and the main engine both share the same prop tank(s), why does failure of the main engine result in end of mission?  Why can't the four 40 kg thrusters simply fulfill at least part of the remaining mission?

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Exact launch time is 18:08:53.957 UTC.

We are getting near the point where the Briz-M has failed in the past, sometimes due to the main engine plumbing failing

Exactly! How do you think what will be this time? Your thoughts are very important!

I have no idea, hopefully this will be a successful mission.

fingers crossed.

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Spacecraft has just separated. All nominal.  :)
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http://www.ilslaunch.com/newsroom/news-releases/ils-proton-successfully-launches-sirius-fm-6-satellite-sirius-xm-radio

ILS Proton Successfully Launches the Sirius FM-6 Satellite for Sirius XM Radio

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, October 26, 2013 – International Launch Services (ILS), a leader in providing mission integration and launch services to the global commercial satellite industry, successfully carried the Sirius FM-6 satellite, built by SSL, into orbit today on an ILS Proton for Sirius XM Radio Inc.
The ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle launched from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 00:09 today local time (18:09 GMT and 14:09 EDT on October 25).  The first three stages of the Proton used a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the Sirius FM-6 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M performed planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geostationary transfer orbit. Separation of the Sirius FM-6 satellite occurred approximately 9 hours and 11 minutes after liftoff. The satellite, weighing over 6 metric tons, was built on the flight-proven SSL 1300 platform. This was the 6th satellite launched by ILS Proton for SiriusXM and the 27th SSL 1300 satellite launched.
Sirius FM-6 has an X-band uplink transponder and an S-band downlink transponder to deliver digital audio radio service. With approximately 20 Kw end-of-life power and an anticipated service life of 15 years, the Sirius FM-6 satellite is one of the most powerful satellites built today.  The final orbital location for the satellite will be 116.15 degrees west longitude.
This was the 390th launch for Proton since its maiden flight in 1965 and the 83rd ILS Proton Launch overall. The Proton Breeze M vehicle is developed and built by Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center of Moscow, Russia’s premier space industry manufacturer and majority shareholder in ILS.
Phil Slack, president of ILS commented, “For over a decade, SiriusXM has entrusted ILS Proton to deliver their satellites into orbit. It is a tremendous honor for ILS to have been a part of the satellite radio industry since 2000, with the launch of SiriusXM’s first generation fleet on ILS Proton within a 5 month period. Thank you to all of the teams that made this successful launch possible, including SiriusXM, SSL, Khrunichev, and ILS.”
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Achieved sequence of events

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A first object has been catalogued, 39362/2013-058C, presumably the APT in
327 x 15140 km x 49.60°
« Last Edit: 10/26/2013 10:19 am by input~2 »

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We are getting near the point where the Briz-M has failed in the past, sometimes due to the main engine plumbing failing.

There *are* 4 FGB-class auxiliary thrusters pointed in the right direction, but these are plumbed to the main prop tank, apparently, these are connected to a smaller "high pressure" prop tank. Since these are fired to provide acceleration for the start of the main engine firing, I suspect that they are required to have higher than normal pressure in the prop tanks (with "normal" being the tank pressure when the thrusters are used at ISS).

I would imagine that if Briz fires multiple times, these auxiliary propulsion prop tanks are pretty much empty by the end of the mission; otherwise, they could be used to provide a little extra delta-V as verniers.



There is no "auxiliary propulsion prop tank". The 11D458 engines take their propellant in the same tanks as S5.98M main engine.

I have a dim memory of there being high pressure prop tanks for the auxiliary thrusters.  Actually, it's more than a dim memory:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/03/ils-proton-m-launch-satmex-8/
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The Briz-M (Breeze-M) upper stage is the Phase III variant, a recent upgrade which utilizes two new high-pressure tanks (80 liters) to replace six smaller tanks

If the auxiliary thrusters and the main engine both share the same prop tank(s), why does failure of the main engine result in end of mission?  Why can't the four 40 kg thrusters simply fulfill at least part of the remaining mission?

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The Breeze M is then delivered to Building 44 in Area 31, the propellant
fueling hall, where MMH and N2O4 are loaded in the high pressure tanks of the low-thrust settling/attitude
control system thrusters.
Proton Launch System Mission Planner’s Guide, LKEB-9812-1990
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As always, let's all try and get a really nice launch image for the article (which will go on at launch).

You should have quite a bit to write for this one.

Originally FM6 was to replace FM1 and FM2, but could not work out a method of end of life disposal.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1156A1.pdf

Original campaign saw satellite returned to manufacturer.
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=27515.msg863855#msg863855

This launch featured a rocket previously delivered for Satmex-8, but found to have come loose during transportation. The rocket was returned to the manufacturer for repairs.
http://www.vz.ru/news/2012/11/26/608864.html

And then the extended stay outdoors waiting for ground station.

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Injection orbit (prior to S/C separation) according to telemetry is : 4097.24 x 35790.69 km x 23.15°
quite close to the expected orbit of: 4126.59 x 35785.86 km x 23.18°
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Briz-M after final post S/C injection burn was catalogued as 39361/2013-058B in
3388 x 34231 km x 23.66° (epoch Oct 26, 0900UTC)
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and the S/C as 39360/2013-058A in
4075 x 35812 km x 23.17° (epoch Oct 26, 0900UTC)

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Great, I'm happy for Proton and Briz-M  ;D
Thanks for this thread.
« Last Edit: 10/26/2013 06:37 pm by akula2 »

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Not much difference from the one posted above, but here's the Roscosmos version:

« Last Edit: 10/28/2013 06:02 am by Galactic Penguin SST »
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For the record, that was a navigational warning for Proton 3rd stage debris:
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[NAVAREA Navigational Warnings]
NORTH PACIFIC

NO.13-0792       Date:2013/10/23 12 UTC
NORTH PACIFIC, WESTERN PART.
DANGEROUS TO NAVIGATION AREA DESIGNATED
DUE TO ROCKET CARRIER ELEMENTS FALL.
1800Z TO 1930Z DAILY 25 TO 28 OCT.
IN ELLIPSE SHAPED AREA CENTERED IN
24-23N 161-46E. LARGE AXIS 216 MILES AND
SMALL AXIS 59.4 MILES. AZIMUTH OF LARGE
AXIS 134 DEGREES.
CANCEL THIS MSG 282030Z OCT

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successfully performs post-launch maneuvers

 

 

PALO ALTO, Calif. – October 28, 2013 — Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Sirius FM-6 satellite, designed and built for Sirius XM Radio, is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays late Friday evening, following a successful launch from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan aboard a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle, provided by International Launch Services (ILS).  Yesterday, it began the first of several thruster firings to maneuver into geosynchronous orbit.

 

Sirius FM-6 is a high-power, 20-kilowatt satellite that has an X-band uplink and an S-band downlink payload. It has a nine-meter unfurlable reflector, built by Harris Corporation, which allows for broadcast to cars and satellite radios for the home, office and to mobile devices.

 

The first three satellites built by SSL for SiriusXM were placed in a unique near-polar orbit and have provided uninterrupted service throughout their life.  Sirius FM-6 is the third high power geostationary (GEO) satellite built by SSL for SiriusXM.

 

Sirius FM-6 will help ensure continuous and reliable delivery of SiriusXM’s unparalleled audio entertainment and data services to 25.6 million subscribers across North America.

 

“Our close collaboration with SiriusXM over the years has resulted in some of the world’s most powerful spacecraft,” said John Celli, President of SSL. “It has been an honor to work with SiriusXM, and to contribute to the success of satellite radio, which brings popular entertainment and important information to millions of people in their cars, homes, and businesses.”

 

Sirius FM-6 is SSL’s tenth 20-kilowatt satellite to be placed into orbit. It is based on the SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which has a long history of reliability and provides the power and flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances.  With this launch, there are 74 SSL-built satellites currently on orbit.

 

About Sirius XM Radio

Sirius XM Radio Inc. is the world’s largest radio broadcaster measured by revenue and has 25.6 million subscribers.  SiriusXM creates and broadcasts commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment; and the most comprehensive Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company in the U.S. and from retailers nationwide as well as at shop.siriusxm.com. SiriusXM programming is available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.com. SiriusXM also provides premium traffic, weather, data and information services for subscribers in cars, trucks, RVs, boats and aircraft through SiriusXM Traffic™, SiriusXM Travel Link, NavTraffic®, NavWeather™, SiriusXM Aviation, SiriusXM Marine™, Sirius Marine Weather, XMWX Aviation™, and XMWX Marine™.  SiriusXM holds a minority interest in SiriusXM Canada which has more than 2 million subscribers.
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Anyone has the "second delivery" date for this Proton-M ?

I think our discussion about high pressure tanks of Briz-M should be transfered to the thread dedicated to Briz-M, since it is very interesting, and still unsolved ! :-)  (anik, are you reading me ?)
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Anyone has the "second delivery" date for this Proton-M ?

I think our discussion about high pressure tanks of Briz-M should be transfered to the thread dedicated to Briz-M, since it is very interesting, and still unsolved ! :-)  (anik, are you reading me ?)

Already done:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=30576.msg1115443#msg1115443


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Sirius FM-6 now ready for service, following on-orbit testing
See atachment.

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