Sea Launch announced today that it will launch the Intelsat 19 communications satellite in early 2012 under a previously announced multiple launch services contract. It will replace Intelsat 8 satellite at the 166 East orbital position and will be the first of up to five missions on the Sea Launch system contracted for Intelsat LLC.
Arianespace announced today that it will launch two satellites for DIRECTV - Directv-14 that is currently being built by Space Systems LORAL and Directv-15 that is in the final stages of contract award. Arianespace also has the option of launching another two satellites for DIRECTV.
The ILS Proton Breeze M with Express AM4 telecom satellite lifted from Pad 39 at the Cosmodrome at 21:25 GMT on August 17. After the 4th burn of Breeze M module the telemetry signal from the Breeze M and the satellite was interrupted. Few hours later, the engineers from Roscosmos have restored the connection to Breeze M module and currently analyse the telemetry data. There is a state comission formed to perform the investigation of this launch anomaly and we expect the additional information to be published at the Roscosmos website.
The satellite, weighting almost 5.8 metric tons, was designed and built jointly by Russia's Khrunichev Center and EADS Astrium. It carries 63 transponders operating in C-, Ku-, Ka and L-bands to provide services to provide high performance coverage over the Russian Federation and CIS countries from the 80 East orbital position.
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, 0:15 am August 12, 2011 (16:15UTC on August 11)
China Great Wall industry corporation successfully launched a Long March-3B/E carrier rocket with the communications satellite PAKSAT-1R for Pakistan as the satellite successfully separated from its carrier rocket and entered geostationary transfer orbit as scheduled.