U.S. satellite telecommunications Intelsat 22, launched from Baikonur on Sunday with the launch vehicle "Proton-M", launched into the target orbit. This is the third successful Russian space launch in the coming year.
Moscow. March 26. INTERFAX.RU — Russian booster "Briz-M" brought the American telecommunications satellite Intelsat 22 at supersinhronnuyu geosynchronous transfer orbit. "The spacecraft separated from the upper stage and handed over control to the customer," — "Interfax", the press service of the Space Center. Khrunichev.
Carrier rocket "Proton-M" was launched at 16:10 MSK on March 25. The total clearing time satellite to the target orbit and then the rocket launch, before the separation of the unit from the upper stage was 15 hours and 30 minutes. Separation of the satellite from the upper stage took place on Monday at 07:40 MSK. Earlier, a source of "Interfax" in the space industry said that usually the data carrier rocket booster and delivers foreign aids to geosynchronous transfer orbit at 9:00. "However, this time as a target is selected supersinhronnaya geosynchronous transfer orbit with a maximum height of 65 thousand kilometers, instead of 35 thousand," — said the source. Entered into a contract for the launch of an international satellite operator Intelsat and venture International Launch Services Inc. (ILS), the controlling shareholder of which is the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Research and Production Space Center Khrunichev", a developer and manufacturer of rocket "Proton" and the upper stage "Breeze-M".
Just signing the contract, given that the Intelsat 22 is a dual-purpose spacecraft has engaged in of "Rosoboronexport", which in turn has contracted with the Khrunichev Space Center. Launch Intelsat 22 was the second launch of the rocket "Proton" in 2012 and the 374th start in its flight history. ILS to launch the second in 2012 and the 71st launch rocket "Proton" from the beginning of its commercial operation in April 1996. The rocket "Proton" for the fourth time used to derive the payload of Intelsat. In addition, this 15 th launch of "Proton" with the spacecraft, manufactured on the basis of platform Boeing. It is also the third Russian space launch this year.
Intelsat 22 — telecommunications satellite, designed by Boeing for global operator Intelsat. The spacecraft weighs 6.4 tons and is built by Boeing on the platform 702MP. The unit will be located in geostationary orbit at position 72 degrees East over the Indian Ocean. The design is optimized for satellite video transmission of voice messages. On the new satellite is set 24 C-band transponders and 18 Ku-band transponders for commercial use, as well as additional payload ultra-high frequency for the armed forces of Australia.
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