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Re: Hot Bird 8 launch - July 21
« Reply #20 on: 08/01/2006 12:12 PM »
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Communications Rehearsal
Posted By: HOT BIRD 8 Team at 17:34, 28 July, Baikonur
   
"Close-outs on the rocket are continuing. The thermal blankets, which will provide passive thermal control to the ascent unit while the rocket is being erected, are being installed. The SC has had a health check and battery charge and is in good shape. Tomorrow we will lift the rocket over to the erector-transporter which will take the rocket to the Breeze-M Fueling Station, and from there, to the launch pad for erection.

Wow! We are only eight days away from launch! Today we trained the customer, Eutelsat, on the use of our abort button and communications system, which will be at his station in the Bunker for the day of launch. We went through a full simulation of the last T-1 hour 30 minutes on-station with the ground software for the launch pad counting down. We applied power to the launch cancellation equipment, activated it at the appropriate time and, after that, it was up to our customer to simulate a launch abort condition with his personnel and press the button. All went well, and we got to see the launch count stop. We hope we never have to use it, but we are glad to have it."

ILV Lift
Posted By: HOT BIRD 8 Team at 18:23, 29 July, Baikonur
   
"So far, all operations are on schedule with no issues. Although it is Saturday, we are in the process of working at the launch pad to verify the cabling going up the tower and the ones that go from the under-table vault back to the 92A-50 control room. This will be an end-to-end check of the hardware needed to communicate with the SC when the rocket is installed on the launch mount. In the pictures, you can see how impressive this rocket really is. The whole thing is lifted using two 50-ton cranes locked together. Just the lift beam for this is massive.

Tomorrow KhSC is rolling the rocket to the Breeze M fueling station to load the fuel tanks. We will have the day off during these hazardous operations. We plan on having an excursion out to the "Zone of Relaxation," a picnic area with a swimming pool and a small lake. The team could use some rest. We have been working nonstop for the last two weeks."

Fuel Rollout & Relaxation
Posted By: HOT BIRD 8 Team at 22:19, 30 July, Baikonur  

"We rolled the ILV out to the Breeze M fueling station today! We hope that is the last time she will be in the building. It is a major event, and is the first of a series of large moves that are breathtaking to see. The Breeze M upper stage is having its propellant tanks filled, first with oxidizer (today), and then tomorrow with fuel. Then we will roll out to the launch pad and erect. But before that, tomorrow, every agency on and off base associated with this launch will report their readiness status at the State Commission meeting.

While the fueling took place, a busload of Astrium, ILS, KhSC and KB Salyut team members headed to the “Zone of Relaxation” for a little unwinding. It was a long bus ride but we arrived at a place that seemed like an oasis. There was a small lake with some paddle boats, a swimming pool, a mineral-water shower and some dachas where you could set your stuff and rest. The catering staff brought our barbecues and we had a wonderful shashlik barbecue of beef, chicken and salmon. There were different salads, cookies, pastries, coffee and tea. We had a very nice time and it was a good chance to refresh before we buckle down for the last big push before the launch."

State Commission Meeting
Posted By: HOT BIRD 8 Team at 20:51, 31 July, Baikonur
   
"We are rolling the ILV to the launch pad tomorrow! The team finished fueling the Breeze M upper stage successfully today, and we held the formal State Commission meeting.

Everything and everyone who is involved with this launch reported in tonight: every major launch vehicle component, system or facility; weather, down-range, telemetry, tracking, the electro-magnetic compatibility environment, launch pad, power, SC, customer, ILS, KhSC, Russian Space Forces -- we must have had 150 people there. All entities were a "go" for roll-out. We are working no issues at this time.

Everything is on track. We are getting up early tomorrow for our tradition of rolling the rocket out to the launch pad at precisely 6:30 in the morning."

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RE: Hot Bird 8 launch - July 21
« Reply #21 on: 08/01/2006 03:23 PM »
Is there a live video stream for this launch? I searched the ILS website, but I couldn't find anything :(
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Re: Hot Bird 8 launch - July 21
« Reply #22 on: 08/01/2006 07:44 PM »
According to http://www.federalspace.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=1691 (in Russian), Proton-M rocket with Briz-M upper stage and Hot Bird 8 satellite was transported to the launch pad 200/39 today...

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RE: Hot Bird 8 launch - 4 Aug 2006
« Reply #23 on: 08/02/2006 08:44 AM »
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Is there a live video stream for this launch?..
Look here begin 30 minutes before time of launch 4 August at 21:48 GMT http://coopi.khrunichev.ru/real_pusk.htm (in Russian)

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RE: Hot Bird 8 launch - July 21
« Reply #24 on: 08/02/2006 09:17 AM »
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Is there a live video stream for this launch? I searched the ILS website, but I couldn't find anything :(
And here http://streamvox.streamos.com/vyvx/ils080406/ (English) - why not found?

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RE: Hot Bird 8 launch - July 21
« Reply #25 on: 08/02/2006 01:30 PM »
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Roll to Launch Pad  

It is L-4 days. This morning we woke up before the sunrise because we had a bus taking us to Building 92A-50 to watch the rollout of the integrated Proton launch vehicle to the pad. It’s a Russian tradition that it always occurs at 6:30 a.m. The sun began to come up around six o’clock and within a half-hour, it was a beautiful rosy dawn. We watched the massive ILV roll out slowly from the Breeze M fueling station. In front of it ran a tiny Transcosmos engine with another engine in front of it to ensure the track was clear.

Afterwards, we went back to the hotel to have breakfast and freshen up before heading to the launch pad to watch the vehicle erection at 9 a.m. We got out to Launch Pad 39 with plenty of time to spare, and watched as they tilted the whole vehicle up into place on the launch mount. It is truly an impressive sight, especially when it is at 45 degrees or so. It takes a very sturdy structure to not warp when under gravity's force like this. Witnessing such a feat reinforces the basic idea that Russian technology and engineering are very robust. If you need a 5-to-1 safety factor, it is usually designed to 100-to-1 or more, it seems.

Now we have completed the radio frequency check to verify that we can talk to the SC with the service tower back. The SC has been rolled forward, the payload fairing air conditioning has been plugged in and started, and the high-rate battery charging lines have been connected for the SC. The Astrium team will work through midnight tonight with the SC and do critical systems tests on the booster.


Photo: Proton Breeze M vehicle being erected at Launch Pad 39

 

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RE: Hot Bird 8 launch - July 21
« Reply #26 on: 08/02/2006 02:32 PM »
http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=1694

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02.08.2006 about the starting KA "khot Baird -8"

On the launching system of the area of ?200 of spaceport Baikonur continue work on preparation for the starting of carrier rocket "Proton-k" with the starting block "Breeze- M" and "khot Baird -8" (Hot Bird 8).KA "khot Baird -8" is intended for digital satellite telecast and telephone communications to the countries of Europe. Producer - company "astrium" (France). Customer of starting - company "yutelsat" (Frrantsiya). Today the calculations of enterprises in the space field perform the work according to the graph of the second starting day, in course of which is produced the collection of the starting readiness of carrier rocket and is imitated servicing rocket with propellant components. Work on preparation for the starting will be prolonged to midnight. The starting of space rocket "Proton-m" with the starting block "Breeze- M" and the French telecommunication satellite "khot Baird -8" is planned to carry out on 5 August into 1.48 msk

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RE: Hot Bird 8 launch - July 21
« Reply #27 on: 08/03/2006 12:33 PM »
Posted 02 August   By: HOT BIRD 8 Team at 18:08, Baikonur

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Hawkeye Holds Court  
Hawkeye got a little under the weather. He had been working too hard and not drinking enough water so one of his humps went flat. But through the miracle of modern medicine, he revived quite nicely. As you can see, a glucose drip was in order, though. When Hawkeye's fans heard about this, they all had to come and wish him well. Here you can see him with his adoring harem.

In other news here on the launch campaign, LV testing has been completed successfully, and the combined LV and SC countdown rehearsal was successfully completed today. So far, all is well, and there have been no problems. The weather is good, and we are eagerly awaiting launch.




 

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Re: Hot Bird 8 launch - July 21
« Reply #28 on: 08/03/2006 11:38 PM »
L-1 Day and Counting!
Posted By: HOT BIRD 8 Team at 17:53, 03 August, Baikonur

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"Today we completed a very key hardware rehearsal and physically disconnected and reconnected the external battery charging lines that enter the PLF from the tool door on the side. These connections will be secured for real at around T-7 hours, just before LV propellant load.

We also completed our on-pad interviews for the live broadcast. It was around 96 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Celsius) today, but out there it seems even hotter because the white concrete reflects the sun back at you. The ILS, Eutelsat and Astrium team members who did not get an opportunity to sign the payload fairing while it was in Hall 101 went up the tower and signed it there. It is always a thrill to do so. We can write whatever we want, and many people dedicate their signatures to their family or loved ones.

It is L-1 day and counting. All systems are nominal. Tomorrow is L-0. We call it that even though we will launch early in the morning on Saturday, Baikonur time. Our final day on pad is actually more than 24 hours. Tomorrow we will greet our VIPs, have our final State Commission meeting, and at 03:48 Baikonur local, Aug. 5, we will launch."

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RE: LIVE: Hot Bird 8 launch - Aug 4
« Reply #29 on: 08/04/2006 11:09 AM »
T-50 minutes. Moving to newsfeed for coverage.

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RE: LIVE: Hot Bird 8 launch - Aug 4
« Reply #30 on: 08/04/2006 11:23 AM »
http://www.federalspace.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=1701

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04.08.2006 completes preparation for the starting KA "khot Baird -8

the starting of carrier rocket" Proton-m"/ starting block" Breeze- M "with the automatic spacecraft" khotBerd-8 "it is assigned on 5 August in 1 h 48 min. (msk.) from the spaceport Baikonur. Today, on 4 August, to the spaceport Baikonur departed the large group of the representatives of foreign companies, which participated in the creation of new telecommunication automatic spacecraft. During two days the guests will visit objects GKNPTS im. M.V.Khrunicheva, connected with the preparation KA, will visit museum the histories of spaceport, and at night, from the running plate, they will control the starting of its automatic spacecraft. Starting will be produced with the aid of the Russian heavy carrier rocket "Proton-m" and the starting block "Breeze- M", prepared in the state space scientific and industrial center im. M.V.Khrunicheva. the "modernized carrier rocket (RN)" Proton-m "has the improved energy-mass, operational and ecological characteristics", noted general director GKNPTS im.

M.V.Khrunicheva Vladimir Nesterov. On RN "Proton-m" is established the new system for control, is solved the problem of the reduction of sizes pour on, the otvodimykh for the drop used-up first stages. Ecological indices are substantially improved - the cyclogram of the work of first-stage engine to "protons" ensures the complete production of components from its tanks. Application in the composition RN "Proton-m" of the increased nose fairings makes it possible more than to twice increase volume for the accomodation of payload, which ensures use on the new carrier of promising starting blocks. "khot Baird -8" is prepared on the base of the platform Of "evrostar-e000" of the French Of "eADS-Astrium" (EADS Astrium) to order of company "eutelsat" (EUTELSAT) - the most important supplier of telecommunication services in the European region. Automatic spacecraft is intended for guaranteeing the services to connection, access to the Internet and digital broadcasting for European region and North Africa.

Almost 5- ton "Khotm Baird -8" - the largest satellite from this family "eutelsat". It has 64 transponders, which can work simultaneously. Calculated period of the operation of apparatus - 15 years. It must be brought out in geostationary orbit with the point of the standing 13 deg. of eastern length. Contract to the starting services is concluded through the company "International Lonch Of sevisiz" (LKE/ILS), that leads marketing of two leading in the world carriers of heavy class - American "atlas" and Russian "proton".

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RE: LIVE: Hot Bird 8 launch - Aug 4
« Reply #31 on: 08/04/2006 11:27 AM »
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T-50 minutes. Moving to newsfeed for coverage.
T-0 is set for 2148 UTC(5:48 pm EDT).
"For Sardines, space is no problem!"
-1996 Astronaut class slogan

"We're rolling in the wrong direction but for the right reasons"
-USA engineer about the rollback of Discovery prior to the STS-114 Return To Flight mission

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RE: LIVE: Hot Bird 8 launch - Aug 4
« Reply #32 on: 08/04/2006 11:32 AM »
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Chris Bergin - 4/8/2006  12:56 PM

T-50 minutes. Moving to newsfeed for coverage.
T-0 is set for 2148 UTC(5:48 pm EDT).

I got thrown by the clock on the ILS site ;)

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Re: LIVE: Hot Bird 8 launch - Aug 4
« Reply #33 on: 08/04/2006 01:08 PM »
Does anyone know, why some Protons are white (mostly the Proton-Ks) and some are unpainted metallic (mostly the Proton-Ms). This Proton-M is one of the white painted.

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Re: LIVE: Hot Bird 8 launch - Aug 4
« Reply #34 on: 08/04/2006 06:37 PM »
Cool, its webcasted.

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Re: LIVE: Hot Bird 8 launch - Aug 4
« Reply #35 on: 08/04/2006 07:03 PM »
L-3 hours!
"For Sardines, space is no problem!"
-1996 Astronaut class slogan

"We're rolling in the wrong direction but for the right reasons"
-USA engineer about the rollback of Discovery prior to the STS-114 Return To Flight mission

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Re: LIVE: Hot Bird 8 launch - Aug 4
« Reply #36 on: 08/04/2006 07:16 PM »
On the ILS Page they say 5:25pm EDT... is that L-0 or start of the webcast... im confused...

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Re: LIVE: Hot Bird 8 launch - Aug 4
« Reply #37 on: 08/04/2006 07:29 PM »
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On the ILS Page they say 5:25pm EDT... is that L-0 or start of the webcast... im confused...

Start of the webcast.

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RE: LIVE: Hot Bird 8 launch - Aug 4
« Reply #38 on: 08/04/2006 07:37 PM »
ILS to launching is ready!

Well, we are T-6 hours and 42 minutes sitting here in the Bunker, looking at the official countdown clock. Today was another great day! The weather was beautiful -- sunny, not too hot, and a nice breeze. Everything is well with the rocket and the SC.

The VIPs arrived here at 15:15 this afternoon. We got them on the bus and zipped them out to the launch pad, where they had a quick photo opportunity before we rounded them up and got them back on the bus.

We went to the last State Commission meeting and gave our “go” statements. Unlike the first one, which is very formal and everyone makes a little speech, the second one is quick. In fact, the only thing we said was, “ILS k pusku gatov!” That’s Russian for “ILS is ready!”

The SC has been in the flight program starting from T-11 hours, and the SC team is monitoring in the control room. The SC external battery charge connectors were disconnected just a while ago, about the same time we were meeting. Now they are working on fueling the LV. This is a hazardous operation, so we are locked into the Bunker until it is completed. The Bunker has its own pressurized air source so that if there are any hazardous vapors, we will be safe.

Now is a long period of time where we just wait. There is some music playing softly on a laptop. The customer is doing some sudoku puzzles. We have plenty of snacks: bread, a meat and cheese tray, some caviar-stuffed shells, candy bars, tea, coffee, sodas, water, cookies, etc. Everything you need for an all-nighter!


Posted 04 August Posted By: HOT BIRD 8 Team at 22:12, Baikonur

 

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Re: LIVE: Hot Bird 8 launch - Aug 4
« Reply #39 on: 08/04/2006 08:28 PM »
Breeze M will be watched closely for this. Hope that works this time.

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