no company going bk would be launching a sat.
I believe it was the company doing the XM launch that is in financial question.... The link above if for sirius.
Last edited by Hopeful; 06-28-2009 at 11:20 PM.
You're funny Julie, lets hope the fireworks stay very small!!!
Last edited by Hopeful; 06-29-2009 at 12:01 AM.
yikes, GLTA...can someone tie a (strong) string to the stock price on this rocket?
When does it go into service?
What time in the US does it launch?
Takes a couple days for a GEO injection to get into its final orbital slot. The launch will get it pretty close - then they have to drift it into place.
Then they'll slowly power up all systems -- checking everything thoroughly. This has to be done before Sirius can take "control" of the bird from ILS.
Once they have control, they'll begin testing the payload thoroughly as well. From what I recall, it takes about 30-days before the satellite can go into full operation.
ILS PROTON TO LAUNCH SIRIUS FM-5
June 23, 2009 (updated June 27, 2009)
SIRIUS FM-5 communications satellite
1300 Spacecraft Bus
Separated spacecraft mass: Approx. 5820 kg
Proton M/Breeze M
705,000 kg, including payload
58.2 m (191 ft)
July 01, 2009, Baikonur
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launch Pad 39
SIRIUS XM Radio Inc., New York
Space Systems/ Loral, California
Launch Vehicle Manufacturer:
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow
Launch Services Provider:
International Launch Services, Reston, Va.
SIRIUS XM Radio Inc., is America's satellite radio company delivering commercial-free music channels, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather to millions of subscribers. The SIRIUS FM-5 satellite will supplement the existing fleet of SIRIUS satellites with a high-power geostationary satellite that enhances the listening experience. It will ensure SIRIUS XM’s array of audio and data services are received robustly by cars and mobile devices, improve the signal delivery to homes, and bolster the continuity of service for years to come. SIRIUS XM is installed in vehicles of every major automaker and available for sale at retailers nationwide. SIRIUS XM offers SIRIUS Backseat TV, the first live in-vehicle rear seat entertainment, featuring Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network, as well as XM NavTraffic® service for GPS navigation systems, delivering real-time traffic information to markets across North America.
— 1 X-Band Receive Payload, 1 S-Band Transmit Payload
__Orbital location: 96 degrees West Longitude
__Anticipated service life: 15 years
The Proton launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the SIRIUS FM-5 satellite on board. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the ascent unit (Breeze M upper stage and the SIRIUS FM-5 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the ascent unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit and finally to a geo-transfer orbit. Separation of the SIRIUS FM-5 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 14 minutes after liftoff.
Target Orbit at Separation:
Apogee: 35,786 km (22,236 miles)
Perigee: 4,207 km (2,614 miles)
Inclination: 22.9 degrees
Approximately 9 hours, 14 minutes after liftoff
ILS Mission Statistics:
__5th Proton Launch of 2009/ 3rd ILS Proton
__52nd Proton Launch for ILS
__4th SIRIUS XM Satellite Launched on a Proton
__11th Space Systems/ Loral Satellite Launched on a Proton
Live Launch Broadcast:
Test Signals will start at 2:30 PM EDT US 30June 2009
Live Coverage Starting at 2:49 PM EDT US 30 June 2009
Launch is scheduled for 3:10 PM EDT US 30 June 2009
Launch Broadcast concludes no later than 3:45 PM EDT US 30 June 2009
In North America the broadcast may be seen on:
SATELLITE: Galaxy 28
ORBITAL POSITION: 89 Degrees West
DOWNLINK FREQ: 3940.000 Horizontal
In Europe the broadcast may be seen on:
Transponder: ENV8/EUH8 Channel CD
Orbital Position: 338 Degrees East
BANDWIDTH: 9 MHz
UPLINK Frequency: 14483.500 MHz Vertical
DOWNLINK Frequency: 11693.500 MHz Horizontal
Symbolic Rate: 5.632
In Europe, Northern Asia, and Baïkonur at the launch site the broadcast may be seen on:
Satellite: SESAT 1
Digital Channel: G
Orbital Position: 36 Degrees East
Satellite Channel: - EUTELSAT SESAT 1 "G"
Bandwidth: 9 MHz
Downlink Frequency: 11097.5 Horizontal
Sym Rate: 5.632