See also: First Proton Launch of 2008
The Khrunichev State Research And Production Space Centre press release is reproduced below:
12.01.2008 Thor IIR Mission on Proton: Norwegian Satellite Arrives in Baikonur
THOR IIR (now known as THOR 5) telecommunications spacecraft – built by USA – based Orbital Science Corporation for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting of Norway - today arrived in Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, where it will be readied for its February launch atop a Proton, a Russia’s principal heavy-lift launch vehicle.
The main pre-launch operations with the spacecraft will be conducted by OSC’s engineers in Assembly and Testing Building 92A-50 of the Baikonur launch site.
The Khrunichev Space Center – built Proton Breeze M rocket that will be used to launch the Norwegian satellite onto orbit was delivered to Baikonur earlier. The Khrunichev launch team has already started the routine operations scheduled for the rocket stages and payload fairing.
THOR IIR launch will be the first Proton commercial mission of 2008. The launch services on the Proton M/ Breeze M rocket are provided by ILS - International Launch Services Inc.
ILS is a joint US –Russian venture formed in 1995. Since September 2006, ILS is a joint venture between Space Transport Inc. and Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, a Moscow –located pillar in Russian space industry, with Russian Space Corporation “Energia”.
Oslo –based Telenor is among the world’s leading providers of satellite mobile and fixed –line telecommunications services worldwide. The company has ownership interests in 12 mobile operators across Europe and Asia. Telenor owns and operates two Thor satellites, at 1 degree West longitude. It also is half –owner of the Intelsat 10-02 satellite.
Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va, USA, is the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of satellites, launch vehicles and other space –related systems.
Source: Khrunichev Press Release