_ A Proton-M Rocket that lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on November 25, 2011 at 2:10pm EST delivered its upper stage and the AsiaSat 7 Payload into Earth orbit.
Liftoff occurred on time and the 191-feet Proton Booster blasted off and raced into the nightly sky in very cold conditions. First stage flight was nominal as was powered ascent on stage two. The third stage also performed as advertised and spacecraft separation was on time and concluded without any issues. This marked the 370 Mission for the Proton Launcher.
Along with the AsiaSat Payload, a Briz-M/Breeze-M Upper Stage was delivered into the Initial Parking Orbit. Four burns of this upper stage will put the satellite into its desired geostationary and operational orbit over a time period of 9 hours and 13 minutes. Two of these burns have already been completed successfully.
AsiaSat 7 is a broadcasting satellite that will cover the Aisia-Pacific Region. The Payload was built by Space Systems/Loral, California, and will be operated by AsiaSat based in Hong Kong. The 8,400-pound satellite will serve as a replacement of AsiaSat 35. Positioned at 105.5 degrees east, the satellite is planned to operate for at least 15 years.
AsiaSat 7 will provide television broadcast and VSAT network services via 28 C-Band and 17 KU-Band transponders. Also, 3 Ku-band beams with intra beam switching capability and a steerable Ku beam will be generated by the state-of-the-art spacecraft.
Today’s launch marked the fifth Launch by ILS and the 69th ILS Proton Launch.