ILS - INMARSAT-5F3 Mission poster.
Image above: Proton-M with satellite INMARSAT-5F3 was successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Image Credit: ILS/ROSCOSMOS.
International Launch Services (ILS) is returning the Proton M rocket to flight with the launch of the Inmarsat-5 F-3 communications satellite – part of the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) system – on a multi-hour flight to its transfer orbit. Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan took place on schedule at 11:44 GMT.
Launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying Inmarsat-5-F3
After the regular separation from the third stage of the launch vehicle orbital unit as part of the upper stage Briz-M and the spacecraft Inmarsat-5F3 continues autonomous flight.
Image above: Proton-M with satellite INMARSAT-5F3 in flight, successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Image Credit: ILS/ROSCOSMOS.
Further injection into the target orbit is carried out "razgonnikom" Breeze-M scheme RB trip with five inclusions sustainer engine. The total duration of excretion from the start of the launcher before separation of the spacecraft will be 15 hours and 31 minutes, the separation of spacecraft Inmarsat-5F3 is scheduled for 6:15 Moscow time on 29 August 2015.
Inmarsat-5 F-3 communications satellite. Image Credit: Boeing
Proton and the upper stage Breeze-M are designed and produced by FSUE "Khrunichev. Khrunichev." Upgraded Proton-M, equipped with the upper stage Breeze-M, capable of delivering at geosynchronous transfer orbit a payload of more than 6 tonnes.
The Proton booster launching the Inmarsat-5 F-3 satellite is 4.1 m (13.5 ft) in diameter along its second and third stages, with a first stage diameter of 7.4 m (24.3 ft). The overall height of the three stages of the Proton booster is 42.3 m (138.8 ft).
ROSCOSMOS Press Release: http://www.federalspace.ru/21682/
International Launch Service (ILS) Inmarsat-5 F-3 Mission Control: http://www.ilslaunch.com/mission-control/mission-inmarsat-5-f3
Images (mentioned), Video, Text, Credits: Press Service of the Russian Federal Space Agency/ILS/ROSCOSMOS/Orbiter.ch Aerospace.
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