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Successful Proton Launch

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ILS Proton Successfully Launches Satmex 8 Satellite for Satmex

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, March 27, 2013 – International Launch Services (ILS), a leader in providing mission integration and launch services to the global commercial satellite industry, today announced that it has successfully carried the Satmex 8 satellite into orbit on an ILS Proton launch vehicle for Satélites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. (Satmex) of Mexico City, Mexico.

The ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle launched from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 01:07 today local time (19:07 GMT and 15:07 EDT on March 26). Utilizing a standard 5-burn Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) mission design, the Breeze M successfully released the Satmex 8 satellite into orbit 9 hours and 13 minutes after launch. The satellite, built on the flight-proven 1300 platform, weighed nearly 5.5 metric tons at liftoff and was the 25th Space Systems/Loral (SSL) satellite launched on an ILS Proton rocket. This was also the first Satmex satellite launched by ILS and the first ILS Proton launch of the year.

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Launch of SatMex-8 on Proton-M Return to Flight

A Russian Proton-M rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome today, March 26th 2013 at 19:07 UTC. The rocket carried the SatMex-8 payload into orbit. This was the return to flight mission for the Proton-M which failed during it's last launch in December 2012.

SatMex-8 will provide C-band and Ku-band communications for North, Central and South Americas, replacing SatMex-5.

Source: SpaceVidsNet - YouTube Channel

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