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)
Contractor: Space Systems Loral (SSL)
Equipment: 103 Ku-band transponders
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 6379 kg
Quoted from: http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=510&lang=enPreparations 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.