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12.01.2016

This year's first launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan) of Russia’s Proton-M carrier rocket that should place into orbit the Eutelsat 9B satellite, has been postponed for three days, a source in the rocket and space industry told TASS on Monday.
"The preliminary launch date is January 28," the source said. The previous launch date, he said, was January 25. The source said that the launch was postponed because the staff of the Khrunichev Centre (manufacturer of Proton-M and Breeze-m upper stage) need more time to prepare the rocket and upper stage for launch. The launch of the European spacecraft will be carried out by International Launch Services (ILS). The ILS joint venture was created in 1995 by Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre and the American corporation Lockheed Martin. Ten years after that Lockheed Martin withdrew from the partnership, selling the majority stake to a German businessman. In May 2008 the Khrunichev Centre bought the stake and ILS is its subsidiary ever since. The company, based in a suburb of Washington, D.C. - Reston (Virginia), over the past 20 years has carried out more than 80 commercial launches of the Proton carrier rockets from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Russia leases from Kazakhstan.
ILS Proton Launch Services utilizes the Proton Breeze-M launch vehicle to launch and orbit commercial spacecraft. The Proton-M/ Breeze-M launcher is the latest evolution of the Proton launch vehicle that dates back to the initial launch in May 1965. The first Proton-M/ Breeze-M rocket was flown for a Russian federal mission in April 2001, and the first commercial Proton-M/ Breeze-M vehicle was flown in December 2002 with the NIMIQ 2 satellite for Telesat. Proton launch vehicles are designed and built by Khrunichev within its facility near Moscow. The Khrunichev facility is home to all engineering, assembly and test functions of the Proton launcher. With the recent consolidation of Russian space enterprises, Khrunichev has direct oversight and control of up to 70% of all Proton rocket manufacturing, including all engine systems. This consolidation directly supports Khrunichev’s ongoing efforts for vertical integration of Proton rocket production and management. International Launch Services provides commercial launch services for global satellite operators, and offers a range of services and support, from contract signing through mission management and on-orbit delivery. It also provides sales and marketing, mission and quality management, launch operations, legal, licensing and support, integration mission design, Proton manufacturing, and technical translation services.
The Eutelsat 9B satellite was built on the order of the French satellite operator Eutelsat S.A. It is manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space. The satellite’s mass is 5,175 kg and service life - 15 years. Eutelsat 9B is a high-capacity Ku-band satellite based on the Eurostar E3000 platform. It is scheduled to be launched to 9° East in 2016. The 50-transponder satellite will take 9° East to a new level of performance, increasing resources by 12 additional transponders. Capacity will be spread across five footprints, with frequency reuse significantly increasing overall bandwidth. It will be the first launch of the Proton rocket in 2016, the 92nd launch under the ILS programme, the 11th launch with a Eutelsat satellite and the 21st launch with a satellite manufactured by Airbus.
Quelle: TASS
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Update: 17.01.2016
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ILS PROTON TO LAUNCH EUTELSAT 9B FOR EUTELSAT
Payload:
EUTELSAT 9B Satellite
Eurostar E3000
Separated spacecraft mass: 5162 kg
Launch Vehicle:                
Proton M/Breeze M
705,000 kg (1,554,000 lb), including payload
58.2 m (191ft)
Launch Date:
January 28, 2016
Launch Time:
04:19:45 Baikonur
00:19:45 Moscow
23:19:45 Paris, January 27, 2016
22:19:45 GMT, January 27, 2016
17:19:45 ET, January 27, 2016
Launch Site:                       
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launch Pad 39
Launch Customer:
Eutelsat, Paris, France
Satellite Manufacturer:
Airbus Defense and Space, Toulouse, France
Launch Vehicle Manufacturer:
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center,
Moscow, Russia
Launch Services               
Provider:      
International Launch Services, Virginia, USA
Satellite Use:                      
EUTELSAT 9B is a high-capacity Ku-band satellite for Eutelsat’s 9° East Position that will take 9° East to a new level of performance, increasing Eutelsat’s resources by 12 additional transponders. Capacity will be spread across five footprints, with frequency reuse optimising overall bandwidth. EUTELSAT 9B will address high-growth digital TV markets through one pan-European footprint delivering wide coverage and four regional footprints. EUTELSAT 9B also hosts the first data relay payload for the European Data Relay System (EDRS) being implemented through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between ESA and Airbus Defence & Space.
Satellite Statistics:            
Total payload of 56 Ku-band transponders
Planned orbital location: 9° E
Anticipated service life: 15 years
Mission Profile:                  
The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from
Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with the EUTELSAT 9B satellite
on board. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile
to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the EUTELSAT 9B satellite) into a
sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned
mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit,
then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a
geosynchronous transfer orbit. Separation of the EUTELSAT 9B satellite is scheduled t
occur approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff.
Target Orbit at Separation:         
Perigee: 4444
Apogee: 35696
Inclination: 12.18
Spacecraft Separation:    
Approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after lift-off
ILS Mission Statistics:     
_ 1st ILS Proton Launch in 2016
_92nd ILS Proton Launch Overall 
_ 11th Eutelsat Satellite Launched on Proton
_21st  Airbus Satellite Launched on Proton
Live Broadcast:                 
Live Coverage starting 17:00 ET
Launch is scheduled for 17:19 ET
Broadcast concludes no later than 17:45 ET
Satellite transmission details: To be confirmed
Webcast can be seen at: http://www.eutelsat9b.imgondemand.com
Quelle: ILS
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Update: 20.01.2016
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Decision to postpone Russia’s Proton rocket launch till Jan 30 not made yet — source 
 Media report said earlier on Tuesday that the launch has been postponed for two days
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Russia’s state commission has not yet made a decision to postpone the launch of the Proton-M carrier rocket with the European communications satellite Eutelsat 9B from January 28 to January 30, a source at the Baikonur Cosmodrome from where the rocket is to be launched, told TASS on Tuesday.
Media report said earlier on Tuesday that the launch has been postponed for two days. "No decision has been made so far. There have been only proposals from the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre (manufacturer of the Proton rocket and Breeze-M upper stage) to postpone the launch for two days, but no decision has been made yet. The state commission will possibly take a decision today on this launch," the source said. According to him, experts of the Khrunichev Centre have proposed to shift the launch date for replacing the solid-propellant engines of the second and third stages of Proton, "because there was no confidence in them." "There have been irregularities during their transportation from Moscow to Baikonur, so they have proposed to play it safe, replace them and postpone the launch. The new engines were delivered to the launch site yesterday," the source said. Russia’s State Corporation Roscosmos has not commented in this information so far.
The original launch date was January 25, however, was postponed until January 28. The launch was postponed because the staff of the Khrunichev Centre needed more time to prepare the rocket and upper stage for launch. The launch of the European spacecraft will be carried out by International Launch Services (ILS). The ILS joint venture was created in 1995 by Russia’s Khrunichev Centre and the American corporation Lockheed Martin. Ten years after that Lockheed Martin withdrew from the partnership, selling the majority stake to a German businessman. In May 2008 the Khrunichev Centre bought the stake and ILS is its subsidiary ever since. The company, based in a suburb of Washington, D.C. - Reston (Virginia), over the past 20 years has carried out more than 80 commercial launches of the Proton carrier rockets from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Russia leases from Kazakhstan. ILS Proton Launch Services utilizes the Proton Breeze-M launch vehicle to launch and orbit commercial spacecraft. The Proton-M/ Breeze-M launcher is the latest evolution of the Proton launch vehicle that dates back to the initial launch in May 1965. The first Proton-M/ Breeze-M rocket was flown for a Russian federal mission in April 2001, and the first commercial Proton-M/ Breeze-M vehicle was flown in December 2002 with the NIMIQ 2 satellite for Telesat. Proton launch vehicles are designed and built by Khrunichev within its facility near Moscow. The Khrunichev facility is home to all engineering, assembly and test functions of the Proton launcher. With the recent consolidation of Russian space enterprises, Khrunichev has direct oversight and control of up to 70% of all Proton rocket manufacturing, including all engine systems. This consolidation directly supports Khrunichev’s ongoing efforts for vertical integration of Proton rocket production and management.
International Launch Services provides commercial launch services for global satellite operators, and offers a range of services and support, from contract signing through mission management and on-orbit delivery. It also provides sales and marketing, mission and quality management, launch operations, legal, licensing and support, integration mission design, Proton manufacturing, and technical translation services. The Eutelsat 9B satellite was built on the order of the French satellite operator Eutelsat S.A. It is manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space. The satellite’s mass is 5,175 kg and service life - 15 years. Eutelsat 9B is a high-capacity Ku-band satellite based on the Eurostar E3000 platform. It is scheduled to be launched to 9° East in 2016. The 50-transponder satellite will take 9° East to a new level of performance, increasing resources by 12 additional transponders. Capacity will be spread across five footprints, with frequency reuse significantly increasing overall bandwidth. It will be the first launch of the Proton rocket in 2016, the 92nd launch under the ILS programme, the 11th launch with a Eutelsat satellite and the 21st launch with a satellite manufactured by Airbus. The mass of the satellite is nearly 5.2 tonnes and its service life is 15 years.
Quelle: TASS
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Update: 22.01.2016
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European satellite Eutelsat 9B to be launched from Baikonur at 1:20 a.m. Moscow time on Jan 30 - Roscosmos
MOSCOW. Jan 22 (Interfax) - The Russian state space corporation Roscosmos has rescheduled the launch of Russia's Proton-M launch vehicle (LV) carrying the Eutelsat 9B communications satellite from January 28 to January 30, 2016, Roscosmos has said.
"The reason for postponing the launch is unfavorable weather conditions, which have affected delivery logistics," Roscosmos said in a press release seen by Interfax on Thursday evening.
Preparations for the launch vehicle are now continuing at the assembly and testing facility.
No technical defects have been detected as the LV and the satellite are being prepared for the launch, Roscosmos said.
"The launch will be conducted from Launch Pad No. 200 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1:20 a.m. Moscow time on January 30, 2016," it said.
A Baikonur source told Interfax on Tuesday that the launch of the Proton-M LV with the European satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome had been postponed for 48 hours.
Eutelsat 9B is a powerful Ku-band telecommunications satellite, which was built by Airbus Defense and Space using the Eurostar E3000 satellite platform. It is designed to provide digital TV and data relay services to customers in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries.
In October 2015, International Launch Services (ILS), a subsidiary of Russia's Khrunichev Space Center, and Paris-based Eutelsat Communications, one of the leading satellite operators, signed a long-term contract on Proton-M LV launch services. Several Proton-M LVs carrying Eutelsat satellites are expected to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome from 2016 to 2023. Proton LVs have helped lift 11 Eutelsat satellites into orbit in the past 15 years.
Quelle: Interfax
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Update: 27.01.2016
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Russia’s Proton-M rocket with European satellite installed on Baikonur launch pad
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 The launch of Proton-M ILV / Eutelsat-9B satellite is scheduled for 30 January 2016, at 01:20 Moscow time, marking the first Proton launch this year
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Russia’s Proton-M carrier rocket with the Eutelsat-9B satellite of the European Space Agency has been installed on the launch pad of the Baikonur cosmodrome, the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (Proton manufacturer) said in a release received by TASS on Tuesday. On January 26, the Proton-M space rocket with the Eutelsat-9B satellite was moved to the launch pad area No 200 at the Baikonur cosmodrome and lifted to the vertical position, the Khrunichev Centre reported. This morning, the Proton-M Integrated Launch Vehicle (ILV) / the Eutelsat-9B spacecraft stack was erected on the launch pad of Area 200. Specialists from Khrunichev and other space industry entities have proceeded with the operations required by on-pad Day 1 schedule, the release says.
The launch of Proton-M ILV / Eutelsat-9B satellite is scheduled for 30 January 2016, at 01:20 Moscow time, marking the first Proton launch this year. The year 2015 saw eight Proton launches. Both the Proton launch vehicle and Breeze-M upper stage were designed, and are serially produced, at the Khrunichev Space Centre. The modernized Proton-M / Breeze-M upper stage configuration is capable of providing a GTO delivery for payloads with a mass in excess of 6 MT. The upcoming launch will be performed as part of the long-term Proton M launch services contract signed in October 2015 between the International Launch Services (ILS), a Khrunichev Space Centre subsidiary, and one of the leading international operators, the Paris-based Eutelsat Communications. Over the past 15 years, as many as 11 spacecraft were launched on the Proton LV for the Eutelsat orbital group, Khrunichev said. Last week, head of Russia’s Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activity Igor Komarov told journalists that the cost of the launch of one Russian Proton-M carrier rocket for foreign customers is about $70 million if they order five launches, "The price is around 70 million (dollars if the order is) for five launches and more", he said. According to him, the leadership of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre has managed to cut the Proton manufacturing costs by 5-7%, and taking into account last year’s inflation the figure is 15-20%. The first launch of a Proton rocket in 2016 was originally planned for January 25 but then was postponed until January 28 and then till January 30. The launch of the rocket that is to orbit the Eutelsat 9B satellite of the European Space Agency (ESA) was postponed because the staff of the Khrunichev Centre needed more time to prepare the rocket and upper stage for launch. The launch of the European spacecraft will be carried out by International Launch Services (ILS). The ILS joint venture was created in 1995 by Russia’s Khrunichev Centre and the American corporation Lockheed Martin. Ten years after that Lockheed Martin withdrew from the partnership, selling the majority stake to a German businessman. In May 2008 the Khrunichev Centre bought the stake and ILS is its subsidiary ever since. The company, based in a suburb of Washington, D.C. - Reston (Virginia), over the past 20 years has carried out more than 80 commercial launches of the Proton carrier rockets from the Baikonur cosmodrome Russia leases from Kazakhstan. ILS Proton Launch Services utilizes the Proton Breeze-M launch vehicle to launch and orbit commercial spacecraft. The Proton-M/ Breeze-M launcher is the latest evolution of the Proton launch vehicle that dates back to the initial launch in May 1965. The first Proton-M/ Breeze-M rocket was flown for a Russian federal mission in April 2001, and the first commercial Proton-M/ Breeze-M vehicle was flown in December 2002 with the NIMIQ 2 satellite for Telesat. Proton launch vehicles are designed and built by Khrunichev within its facility near Moscow. The Khrunichev facility is home to all engineering, assembly and test functions of the Proton launcher. With the recent consolidation of Russian space enterprises, Khrunichev has direct oversight and control of up to 70% of all Proton rocket manufacturing, including all engine systems. This consolidation directly supports Khrunichev’s ongoing efforts for vertical integration of Proton rocket production and management. The Eutelsat 9B satellite was built on the order of the French satellite operator Eutelsat S.A. It is manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space. The satellite’s mass is 5,175 kg and service life - 15 years. Eutelsat 9B is a high-capacity Ku-band satellite based on the Eurostar E3000 platform. It is scheduled to be launched to 9° East in 2016. The 50-transponder satellite will take 9° East to a new level of performance, increasing resources by 12 additional transponders. Capacity will be spread across five footprints, with frequency reuse significantly increasing overall bandwidth. It will be the first launch of the Proton rocket in 2016, the 92nd launch under the ILS programme, the 11th launch with a Eutelsat satellite and the 21st launch with a satellite manufactured by Airbus. The mass of the satellite is nearly 5.2 tonnes and its service life is 15 years.
Quelle: TASS
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Update: 29.01.2016
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WATCH THE EDRS LAUNCH
Watch the launch of ESA’s first European Data Relay System (EDRS) laser node live on 29 January. Streaming starts 20 minutes before liftoff, with launch expected at 22:20 GMT. 
EDRS is one of a kind and ESA’s most ambitious telecom programme to date, creating the means for an entirely new market in commercial satellite communications.
Dubbed the ‘SpaceDataHighway’, EDRS will uniquely provide near-realtime Big Data relay services using cutting-edge laser technology. It will dramatically improve access to time-critical data, aiding disaster response by emergency services and maritime surveillance.
Airbus Defence and Space are ESA’s programme partner and operator of the service. The first node, called EDRS-A, will begin relaying information this summer from its first customers: the European Commission Copernicus Sentinel-1 and -2 satellites. 
Once fully deployed, EDRS will relay up to 50 terabytes of data from space to Earth every day. It will eliminate the downlink delay currently prohibiting immediate access to satellite information and phase out Europe’s reliance on foreign ground stations.
Streaming courtesy of International Launch Services (ILS). 
Quelle: ESA
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