EchoStar 15 (Proton-M launched on July 10, 2010)

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Launch time: 18:40 GMT (2:40 pm EDT)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage deployed the EchoStar 15 telecommunications spacecraft. The satellite will provide direct-to-home broadcasting services to DISH Network subscribers across the United States.

ILS Mission Control:
ILS Mission Overview: ... -final.pdf
Space Systems/Loral Delivery Press Release: ... 00609.html


Live Streams

Live stream from TV Tsenki:
Live stream from ILS:
ILS Video FAQ:

Proton Launch Animation:

Proton-M Launch Vehicle

Proton Rocket Wikipedia Article:
Proton-M Wikipedia Article:
Khrunichev's Proton Page:
Khrunichev's Proton Photo Gallery:


Proton-M First Stage:

Six RD-275M Engines burning N[sub]2[/sub]O[sub]4[/sub]/UDMH. RD-275M is a further developed version from originally used RD-253 engine. Central tank contains the oxidizer and six outer tanks the fuel.

RD-275 Wikipedia Article:
NPO Energomash RD-275 Page: (all engine evolutions)
ILS Launch Proton Fact Sheets:


Proton-M Second Stage:

Three RD-0210 and one RD-0211 burning N[sub]2[/sub]O[sub]4[/sub]/UDMH. These engines are similar, but RD-0211 is the only one providing tank pressurization.

Khrunichev RD-0210 & RD-0211 Page:
Astronautix RD-0210 Page:
Astronautix RD-0211 Page:
Some more: ... html#13-02

Proton-M Third Stage:

One RD-0212 engine cluster consisting of one RD-0213 for main propulsion and four RD-0214 for steering. All engines are burning N[sub]2[/sub]O[sub]4[/sub]/UDMH.

Khurinichev RD-0212 Page:
Astronautix RD-0212 Page:
Astronautix RD-0213 Page:
Astronautix RD-0214 Page:

Proton-M Fourth Stage:

This launch is using Breeze-M upper stage. It consists from two modules, donut shaped add-on tank (which is jettisonable) and core module (Breeze-KM) with one RD-2000 engine burning N[sub]2[/sub]O[sub]4[/sub]/UDMH. It can be started up to 8 times during the flight which provides excellect accuracy to payload orbit placement.

Breeze-M Wikipedia Article:
Khrunichev Breeze-M Page: (manufacturer)
Astronautix Breeze-M Page:

Baikonur Kosmodrome

Baikonur Kosmodrome Wikipedia Article:
Russianspaceweb Baikonur Page:
Russianspaceweb Baikonur Downrange Page:
Russianspaceweb Baikonur Facilities Page:
Historical Photos from Baikonur Kosmodrome:
NASA's Baikonur Page: ... konur.html
Google Maps Link: ... 30341&z=15 ... l=ru&tl=en
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Re: July 10 Proton-M - EchoStar 15 : EchoStar-15 Tanking is Carried Out at Baikonur
:: 22.06.2010

Proton-M/Breeze-M/EchoStar-15 prelaunch processing continues at Baikonur. The satellite built by US Space Systems Loral (США) will be operated by EchoStar Orbital Corporation.
SSL engineers completed EchoStar-15 electrical tests. Tanking of the spacecraft by oxidizer and fuel which began yesterday, is to last several days.
Khrunichev Center is planning to fuel also high-pressure tanks of the upper stage this week. Breeze-M now undergoes final testing in a clean room.
Proton is to loft EchoStar-15 in July, marking the 7th launch of Proton this year. Proton has already orbited Echostar payload in March, 2010. 6.3t-Echostar-14 became the heaviest satellite launched by Proton.
Proton launch services are contracted by International Launch Services Inc. (

Khrunichev, which is one of the cornerstones of the Russian space industry, holds the majority interest in ILS. Khrunichev manufactures the Proton system and is developing the Angara launch system.

Khrunichev Space Center PAO


Re: July 10 Proton-M - EchoStar 15 : Next DISH Network satellite on the pad
Posted: July 7, 2010

A Russian Proton rocket has been erected on the launch pad for Saturday's planned liftoff carrying a new broadcasting satellite for DISH Network and its millions of customers across the U.S.

International Launch Services is managing the commercial rocket flight for the EchoStar 15 spacecraft, which will originate from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with a 1840 GMT (2:40 p.m. EDT) blastoff.

Photos credit: Roscosmos


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Re: July 10 Proton-M - EchoStar 15 : Proton/EchoStar-15: Successful Lift-Off
:: 10.07.2010

Proton-M successfully lifted off from Baikonur today at 22:40:36 MSK to loft US EchoStar-15.
EchoStar-15 produced by Space Systems Loral is a new direct broadcast satellite (DBS) which is being built for EchoStar Orbital Corporation II, a subsidiary of EchoStar Communications Corporation. Based on SS/L's 1300 platform, EchoStar-15 will provide expanded services and flexibility for DISH Network's more than 13 million direct-to-home (DTH) television subscribers.
Proton launch services for EchoStar-15 have been contracted by International Launch Services Inc. (ILS). The majority interest holder in ILS, which has exclusive rights to the worldwide sale of commercial Proton launch services, is Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, the designer and manufacturer of the Proton rocket and the Breeze M upper stage.
Proton-M lofted EchoStar-14 for EchoStar Orbital constellation in March. EchoStar-14 is the heaviest commercial spacecraft ever launched by Proton under ILS contracts.

Roscosmos PAO



Re: July 10 Proton-M - EchoStar 15 : DISH Network Launches New Satellite to Boost Industry's Largest HD Offering (with video)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., July 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

DISH Network L.L.C., the fastest-growing pay-TV provider in America, today announced the launch of EchoStar XV, the company's second successful satellite launch this year.


When EchoStar XV begins operations later this summer, it will allow DISH Network to continue expanding the largest high definition offering in the U.S. The company currently delivers more than 200 national HD channels as well as HD locals in 156 markets.


Thanks Zipi & EarthlingX,

That was a fantastic launch.

Andrew Brown.
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