See also: Seventh Proton Launch of 2007
(Apologies for the late posting of this news item. It is posted for the purpose of completness.)
The Khrunichev State Research And Production Space Centre press release is reproduced below:
10.01.2008 Khrunichev’s Proton Being Readied to Make First Flight of 2008
The Khrunichev–made Proton, Russia’s premier heavy launch vehicle, is rapidly approaching its first flight of 2008.
The Proton Breeze M is expected to lift off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 28 January, at 3:09 a.m. Moscow Time, carrying Russia’s communications satellite - Express AM-33, designed and manufactured by Thales Alenia Space and Reshetnev Research and Production Association (“NPO Reshetneva”).
As engineers from “NPO Reshetneva” are carrying out preparation of the spacecraft, Khrunichev team and other Russian participants to the campaign are undertaking pre-launch operations with the launch vehicle stages, launch pad and ground –based technical equipment.
According to the current launch schedule, this morning fuelling of Breeze M upper stage with propellants began at technological fuelling station. The fuelling operations are conducted by Russian personnel from Khrunichev and Chemical Transport Engineering Design Bureau.
Source: Khrunichev Press Release
Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 10 February 2008 - 10:35 PM.