Proton-M & EchoStar 14 (launched March 20, 2010)

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Launch time: 18:26:57 GMT (2:26:57 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the EchoStar 14 telecommunications spacecraft. The satellite will provide direct-to-home broadcast services to the United States for EchoStar Communications.

Live stream from TV Tsenki: http://www.tv-tsenki.com/livechoose.php

Proton Rocket Wikipedia Article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proton_(rocket)
Proton-M Wikipedia Article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proton-M
Khrunichev's Proton Page: http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=42&lang=en
Khrunichev's Proton Photo Gallery: http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=135&lang=en



ILS Launch Mission Control Page: http://www.ilslaunch.com/echostar-xiv-mission-control
ILS Mission Overview PDF: http://www.ilslaunch.com/assets/pdf/Ech ... -final.pdf
ILS Launch Blog: http://www.ilslaunch.com/echostar-xiv-blog
ILS Photo Gallery http://www.ilslaunch.com/echostar-xiv-gallery



Echostar Wikipedia Article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EchoStar
Space Systems/Loral Press Release: http://www.ssloral.com/html/pressreleas ... 00219.html
Yet another EchoStar 14 info page: http://space.skyrocket.de/index_frame.h ... tar-14.htm



Function: Communication (Direct Broadcasting)
Operator: Echostar
Contractor: Space Systems Loral (SSL)
Equipment: 103 Ku-band transponders
Configuration: LS-1300
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 6379 kg
Orbit: GEO



Preparations for Proton Launch with EchoStar 14 Satellite Begin at Baikonur 17.02.2010

Several days after 12th February successful Proton launch of the Intelsat 16 satellite, preparations began at Baikonur for another, the second Proton commercial mission of this year – the launch of the Space Systems/Loral built the EchosStar 14 spacecraft for EchoStar. EchoStar 14, a heavy satellite weighing more than 6300 kg at lift –off, is to be launched on a Khrunichev-built Proton M launch vehicle in March.

EchoStar 14 has arrived today, on 17 February, at its launch site at Baikonur. The satellite and containers of ground support equipment (GSE) were delivered to the Yubileiny airport aboard a cargo aircraft this morning.

The spacecraft and GSE will be transferred by train from the airport to the MIK 92-A-50 Launcher Integration and Test Building for pre-launch processing. Once the containers are unpacked, and all the equipment needed for spacecraft is installed in a clean room, pre-launch operations for EchoStar 14 will begin there.

The arrival (by plane) at Baikonur of the Breeze M upper stage that will be used for the EchoStar 14 launch is expected next week.

International Launch Services Inc. has been awarded a contract to launch a new direct broadcast satellite for EchoStar Communications Corporation on a Proton launch vehicle. EchoStar XIV will join Dish Network's satellite fleet serving direct-to-home television subscribers.
Quoted from: http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=510&lang=en
 
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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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RD-275
NPO Energomash RD-275 Page: http://www.npoenergomash.ru/eng/engines/rd253/ (all engine evolutions)
ILS Launch Proton Fact Sheets: http://www.ilslaunch.com/proton-breeze-m/





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: http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=100&lang=en
Astronautix RD-0210 Page: http://www.astronautix.com/engines/rd0210.htm
Astronautix RD-0211 Page: http://www.astronautix.com/engines/rd0211.htm
Some more: http://www.asi.org/adb/04/03/09/01/npo- ... 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: http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=94&lang=en
Astronautix RD-0212 Page: http://www.astronautix.com/engines/rd0212.htm
Astronautix RD-0213 Page: http://www.astronautix.com/engines/rd0213.htm
Astronautix RD-0214 Page: http://www.astronautix.com/engines/rd0214.htm





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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briz-M
Khrunichev Breeze-M Page: http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=49&lang=en (manufacturer)
Astronautix Breeze-M Page: http://www.astronautix.com/craft/brizm.htm



 
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Re: March 20, Proton-M & EchoStar 14

:shock: :D I love it :p :cool:
 
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Preparation of Launching Site for “Proton-M” with “Echostar-14” has Begun on Baikonur 03.03.2010



Preparation for next launch of “Proton-M” with “Briz-M” upper-stage continues on Baikonur. This launch must put into orbit an American telecom satellite “Echostar-14”.

In current moment satellite and launch vehicle are passing autonomous tests in processing facility. “Briz-M” upper stage is being prepared for transportation to fueling station, where it will be fueled with propellant and its high-pressure tanks will be filled with gas.

Today the specialists of “Yuzhniy” Space center which is the branch of FGUP “TsENKI” have begun the preparation of launching site for “Proton-M” installation and launch organization.

Launch of “Proton-M” with “Briz-M” upper-stage and American telecom satellite “Echostar-14” is planned for 9:27 PM (Moscow time) March 20th, 2010.
Quoted from: http://www.federalspace.ru/main.php?id= ... 20&lang=en

Tanking of Breeze-M upper stage has been started: http://translate.google.com/translate?h ... 6lang%3Dru
(without Google translation: http://www.federalspace.ru/main.php?id= ... 23&lang=ru)
 
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EchoStar 14 Spacecraft Preparing For Mating With Proton’s Breeze M Upper Stage 04.03.2010

Preparations continue on schedule at Baikonur for the launch of the Proton Breeze M carrier rocket with a U.S telecommunications satellite, the Space systems Loral built EchoStar-14.

The spacecraft and the Breeze M upper stage are finishing standalone processing being performed by SS/Loral and Khrunichev at integration and test facility “MIK” 92-A50.

Khrunichev has carried out most of standalone Breeze M testing and readied the Breeze M for transfer from MIK to a fuelling station (located at Area 31) for its high pressure tanks fuelling. The fuelling of the Breeze M began this morning. This is the first phase of US loading operations.

Because of the Breeze M design features, fuelling operations are broken into two steps. The first phase includes the Breeze M transfer from MIK to the fuelling station at Area 31, where its high pressure tanks will be filled with propellants. After the loading is completed, the Breeze M will then be transferred back to MIK for joint operations.

After SC/Breeze M assembly with the Proton rocket, prior to installation of the integrated launch vehicle (ILV) onto its launch pad, the Breeze M low pressure tanks will be loaded with propellants and oxidizer at the fuelling station located nearby the MIK 92-A50 Building, at the same Area 92.

Meanwhile, the EchoStar 14 spacecraft, placed on a test stand in a clean room, has successfully completed main electrical functional testing. The fuelling of the spacecraft started today and will be completed by Loral tomorrow. The fueled spacecraft will then undergo final checkouts and weighing operations.

After those final standalone activities on the spacecraft are completed, it will be moved to Hall 101, where the international launch team will start joint operations to assemble Ascent Unit of the Proton launch vehicle. The works on AU are expected to start in a couple of days.

The Echostar 14 is scheduled for launch aboard a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle on March 20, at 21:27 Moscow time, Russian space agency (Roscosmos) said.

Personnel of Roscosmos’s “Yuzhniy” Space center have already begun the preparatory activities at Launch Pad 200 for the EchoStar 14 launch.
Quoted from: http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=513&lang=en

I also found more information from Khrunichev web pages about second and third stage engines -> images and links to Khrunichev content added to my earlier post.
 
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Re: March 20, Proton-M & EchoStar 14

I just noticed that none of Khrunichev's links is working ? ... Site is down, probably it will come back, or are they working on a new one ? If so, no complains from me .. :cool:
 
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EarthlingX":2hjq9n05 said:
I just noticed that none of Khrunichev's links is working ? ... Site is down, probably it will come back, or are they working on a new one ? If so, no complains from me .. :cool:
Site is down... That happens sometimes to them.
 
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Next phase of EchoStar-14 Launch Campaign Begins 09.03.2010

All stand alone testing of the EchoStar-14 and the Breeze M upper stage has been successfully completed.

The next phase of the pre-launch preparations - the Proton’s Ascent Unit assembly operations - will be jointly carried out by Khrunichev, the spacecraft supplier Space Systems Loral, RUAG Space and International Launch Services.

The work on the AU (being carried out in clean room #101 of the same integration and test facility “MIK” 92A50) started on March 7 with the mating the spacecraft to the Khrunchev-made payload adapter (PLA). The adapter is used for mechanically mating the spacecraft to Breeze M upper stage. The PLA also houses the RUAG Space-built separation system. The separation system was integrated with the spacecraft by the RUAG engineers.

Then the spacecraft/PLA assembly was mated to the Breese M upper stage. The EchoStar 14/PLA/the Breeze M stack is now being encapsulated in its launch vehicle fairing. The AU operations are expected to be completed tomorrow.

According to the pre-launch schedule, on March 11 the AU will be transported to the nearby clean room (#111), where it will be integrated to the Proton launcher.

The EchoStar 14 is scheduled for launch from Baikonur aboard a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle on March 20, at 21:27 Moscow time. This will be the 4th Proton launch in 2010 year. EchoStar 14 launch will be the 2nd Proton commercial mission this year, for ILS.
Quoted from: http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=516&lang=en
(more photos in Khrunichev's article)
 
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Launch details from Khrunichev Coopi pages: http://coopi.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=473&lang=en

EchoStar 14 Specifications
Applications: Direct broadcasting services
Orbit: GEO
Orbital Location: 119 degrees West
Operator: EchoStar, DISH Network
Coverage: North America
Prime Contractor: Space Systems / Loral
Platform: LS-1300
Launch Mass: 6,379 kg
Dry Mass: 3,223 kg
Mission Life: 15 years
Power (End of life): 20 kW
Solar Cells: Triple junction gallium arsenide
Batteries: Lithium-ion

Payload
Band: Ku
Repeater: 103
Uplink Frequencies: 17,300 – 17,800 MHz
Downlink Frequencies: 12200 – 12700 MHz





 
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Re: March 20, Proton-M & EchoStar 14

Rollout Video:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vy3BYZzaWE[/youtube]
 
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Re: March 20, Proton-M & EchoStar 14

Thanks, was just about to check :)

thor06":3o9zznhk said:
t-7 min all looks good for launch!

working live stream:
http://ils.imgondemand.com/
Nothing here works in FireFox, though, and i can't find direct links to put in Real Player. As usual, :( ...

No, i will not switch to Opera, no, i will not switch to MacOS, no .., Any suggestions as how to make this stream work in FireFox, on WinXP ? Or just a direct link for Real Player ? File ?
 
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EarthlingX":35vnchs0 said:
Nothing here works in FireFox, though, and i can't find direct links to put in Real Player. As usual, :( ...

No, i will not switch to Opera, no, i will not switch to MacOS, no .., Any suggestions as how to make this stream work in FireFox, on WinXP ? Or just a direct link for Real Player ? File ?
Blah.... IE8 is the only good browser, no matter how much somebody blames it. And going even more offtopic I had to say I prefer more proper Linux distros like Debian than MacOS. But please let's not start discussing about browsers in this thread. Fact is that with IE these streams work, but that is only how they are implemented.
 
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Re: March 20, Proton-M & EchoStar 14

Maaan .. this is so off topically on topic :lol: :cool: They sure know how to feed a party ;) Wish i was there ... :roll:
 
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Re: March 20, Proton-M & EchoStar 14

Official Roscosmos Launch Replays:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAhn4oAc1oM[/youtube]
 
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Re: March 20, Proton-M & EchoStar 14

Lovely night launch :cool:
 
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