Proton-M communications satellite Intelsat-23 launched from the Baikonur


October 14 carrier rocket "Proton-M" communications satellite Intelsat-23 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

"Proton-M" satellite Intelsat-23 launched at the estimated time — 12.37 MSK. Separation of the spacecraft from the upper stage "Breeze-M" is scheduled for 22.07 MSK, "- said the source.

Intelsat-23 (IS-23) — a new hybrid communications satellite, created by Orbital Sciences Corporation for the U.S. operator Intelsat, a leading provider of fixed satellite services.

The spacecraft will be installed in a geostationary orbit at distances 307 degrees East and will replace the Intelsat-707, launched in March 1996. Starting weight Intelsat-23, with a payload of the C-and Ku-band is about 2,680 pounds.

The device is equipped with a powerful 24 C-band transponders and 15 Ku-band transponders to provide telecommunications services in North and South America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, Africa and some islands in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Intelsat-23, a 15-year orbital life, built on the STAR-2 platform and will generate approximately 4.8 kW of power.

He is one of the ten geostationary devices based on the platform STAR, ordered by the operator Intelsat. It also includes Galaxy-14, Galaxy-15, Galaxy-12, Intelsat-11, Horizons-2, Intelsat-15, Intelsat-16, Intelsat New Dawn and Intelsat-18. The design of STAR, repeatedly tested in flight, supports most types of commercial communications payloads.

Launch Intelsat-23 was the eighth launch rocket "Proton" in 2012 and the 380-m flying start in its history.

Contracted to run using rocket "Proton-M" entered into a global satellite operator Intelsat and venture International Launch Services Inc. (ILS). The majority shareholder in ILS is a Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Research and Production Space Center Khrunichev", a developer and manufacturer of "Proton" and boosters "Breeze-M".

"Proton" for the fifth time is used to derive a payload of Intelsat. In addition, it is the fifth launch of "Proton" with the spacecraft, manufactured on the basis of platform Orbital Sciences Corporation. 

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