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4th ILS Proton Launch of 2006

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Commercial Proton to Launch MEASAT-3

The International Launch Services press release is reproduced below:

Media Advisory: ILS Proton to Launch MEASAT-3

Payload: MEASAT-3, Boeing 601HP platform
Separated Mass: Approx. 4,765 kg (10,505 lbs)

Launch Vehicle: Proton M/Breeze M
Weight at liftoff: 691,272 kg (1.5 million lbs), including payload
Height: 56.2 m (184 ft)

Launch Time: 5:28 a.m. Dec. 12 Baikonur, 23:28
Dec. 11 GMT, 6:28 p.m.
Dec. 11 EST, 3:28 p.m. Dec. 11 PST

Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan; Launch Pad 39

End User: MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Satellite Manufacturer: Boeing Satellite Systems; El Segundo, Calif.

Launch Vehicle
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow

Launch Services
International Launch Services (ILS), McLean, Va.

Satellite Use: MEASAT-3 will provide high-powered C-band coverage over more than 100 countries comprising more than 70 percent of the world's population, and DTH-quality Ku-band coverage to over 160 million TV households in Malaysia, Indonesia and South Asia.

Satellite Statistics:
*24 C-band transponders
*24 Ku-band transponders
*Orbital location: 91.5 degrees East longitude
*Contractual service life of 15 years

Mission Profile: The Proton launch vehicle will inject the satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit, using a five-burn Breeze M mission design. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent trajectory to place the Breeze M fourth stage, with the satellite, into a suborbital trajectory, from which the Breeze M will place itself and the spacecraft into a circular parking orbit of 173 km (107.5 miles), inclined at 51.5 degrees. Then the satellite will be propelled to its transfer orbit by additional burns of the Breeze M. Following separation from the Breeze M, the spacecraft will perform a series of liquid apogee engine burns to raise perigee, lower inclination and circularize the orbit at the geostationary altitude of 35,786 km (22,236 miles).

Target Orbit
at Separation:
Apogee: 35,786 km (22,236 miles); Perigee: 7,360 km (4,573 miles); Inclination: 16.5 degrees

Spacecraft Separation: Approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff

ILS Mission Statistics:
*4th ILS Proton mission of 2006
*10th Proton launch of Boeing 601 bus
*39th ILS mission on Proton

More Information: Live webcast and general mission information are available on the ILS web site at Launch status updates are available on the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980.


Source: ILS News Release

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The International Launch Services press release is reproduced below:

ILS Proton Successfully Launches MEASAT-3 Satellite

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, Dec. 12, 2006 - A Proton Breeze M launch vehicle successfully placed the MEASAT-3 satellite into orbit today, for the final mission of the year for International Launch Services (ILS).

The launcher lifted off at 5:28 a.m. today local time (6:28 p.m. Monday EST, 23:28 Monday GMT). The mission lasted 9 hours and 12 minutes before MEASAT-3 was released into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. This was the fourth Proton launch of the year for ILS. ILS has exclusive rights to market and manage missions on the Russian Proton vehicle for commercial satellite customers worldwide.

The satellite is a 601HP model built for MEASAT Satellite Systems (MEASAT) Sdn Bhd by Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc. From its final orbital position of 91.5 degrees East longitude, MEASAT-3 will serve customers in more than 100 countries at C-band and in Malaysia, Indonesia and South Asian with DTH-quality Ku-band coverage. This was MEASAT's first launch on an ILS Proton vehicle, as well as the 10th 601 model spacecraft launched on Proton.

"This is the first satellite to be launched for MEASAT in a decade, and we're pleased that ILS and Proton have played a part in this important event," said ILS President Frank McKenna. "We're proud of the accuracy with which Proton delivered the satellite to orbit. Today's successful performance validates MEASAT's confidence in our vehicle, and we hope to convert this confidence into additional opportunities to work with MEASAT."

"We are very pleased with the successful launch of MEASAT-3," said Paul Brown-Kenyon, chief operating officer of MEASAT. "The satellite, which is central to the expansion of our DTH and broadcast distribution business, is expected to begin operations by 1 February 2007. We extend our heartfelt thanks to ILS, and their Russian partners, for a professionally executed launch campaign."

The Proton vehicle, built by ILS partner Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center of Russia, has carried out 323 missions for the Russian government and commercial customers over more than 40 years.

ILS is a joint venture between Space Transport Inc., Khrunichev and RSC Energia. ILS is incorporated in Delaware in the United States, and is headquartered in McLean, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.

MEASAT is a premium supplier of satellite communications services to DTH operators, broadcasters and telecommunications companies across Southeast and Northeast Asia. This addition of the MEASAT-3 satellite will expand the MEASAT fleet to over 100 countries representing over 70 percent of the world's population.


Source: ILS News Release

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Boeing Receives First Signals from New MEASAT-3 Satellite

The Boeing press release is reproduce below:

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 12, 2006 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd today announced that Boeing has acquired the first signal from the MEASAT-3 satellite following its successful launch on Dec. 11. The satellite now will maneuver itself to a geostationary orbit approximately 22,300 miles above Earth where a series of spacecraft deployments and tests will verify that it is ready to begin service.

Photo Credit: Boeing Photo

The International Launch Services Proton/Breeze M rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying the 10,800 pound payload at 6:28 p.m. Eastern time. Boeing received the spacecraft's first signals approximately 9 hours and 18 minutes later.

"We are delighted with the successful launch of the MEASAT-3 satellite," said Paul Brown-Kenyon, chief operating officer of MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd. "After in-orbit testing, the satellite will be brought into service and play a key role in supporting the growth of the vibrant DTH, Broadcasting and Telecommunication industries across Malaysia, South East Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region."

"MEASAT-3 is the third Boeing-built satellite for MEASAT, and we are proud of our heritage working with a great customer," said Stephen T. O'Neill, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International, Inc. "Flawless execution by very talented people all over the world has contributed to this successful launch and acquisition."

Boeing built MEASAT-3, a 601 model satellite, at its satellite manufacturing facility in El Segundo, Calif. Boeing also manufactures the larger 702 model, the world's most powerful communications satellite, two lines of satellites designed to support mobile communications, and a series of global positioning satellites and military communications satellites.

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $30.8 billion business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government, and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer; a foremost developer of advanced concepts and technologies; a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in sustainment solutions and launch services.

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd.
MEASAT is a premium supplier of satellite communication services to Asia's leading broadcasters, DTH operators and telecom providers. Currently operating a two satellite network, MEASAT provides video distribution services across East and South East Asia, Indochina, South Asia and Australia. Leveraging facilities at the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre, and working with a select group of world-class media partners including Astro, Pacific Century Matrix and STT, MEASAT provides a complete range of broadcast services including video playout, up-linking, and video turnaround to and from the key European and North American markets. MEASAT Satellite Systems is a fully owned subsidiary of MEASAT Global Bhd.

For more information, visit the company's Web site at


Source: Boeing press release Edited by Waspie_Dwarf

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