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Proton M Delivers Satellite to Target Orbit for Intelsat


The Russian Proton M has successfully orbited a 6 MT Intelsat-22 communications satellite for Intelsat, Ltd, a global satellite operator (USA).

This was the second Proton launch in 2012 and 374th launch in Proton’s flight history.

A modernized Proton M carrying Intelsat-22 blasted off from Launch Pad № 39 at Baikonur on March 25 at 16:10 msk (18:10 Baikonur time).

The orbital unit was lofted using five burns of the Breeze M main engine. As per mission profile, Intelsat-22 was injected to a super-synchronous separation orbit with a 65000km apogee altitude. Subsequently the satellite traveled using its own propulsion system to the 72°E slot in the geostationary orbit.

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At the required time at 07:40 msk (i.e. 15h 30min after liftoff), the spacecraft separated from the upper stage. Satellite control was transferred to the Customer.

The contract for this Proton launch was signed by the RF/US company, International Launch Services Inc. (ILS). For ILS it was the 71th commercial Proton launch.

The Proton launch vehicle and its upper stage, the Breeze M, were designed, and are serially produced, by the Khrunichev Space Center. Commercial satellites are launched into orbit by a three-stage Proton M outfitted with a Breeze M upper stage. The upgraded Proton M now has a higher carrying capacity and is able to deliver payloads in excess of 6 metric tons into a geo-transfer orbit. Proton has ample performance due to the Breeze M upper stage having broad capabilities as far as injection of spacecraft into orbits with different altitudes and inclinations is concerned.

This was the 15th Proton launch with a Boeing Satellite Systems on board, and Intelsat 22 was the 10th satellite in the global Intelsat fleet launched on ILS Proton.

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About Khrunichev and ILS

 International Launch Services Inc. – ILS has exclusive rights to market Russia’s main heavy-lift booster, the Proton vehicle. ILS was registered in 1995 in the US and has headquartered in Reston, Va., near Washington, D.C. Since 1996, as many as 71 launches have been performed under ILS contracts. The customer base includes all major international satellite operators. The Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, the majority owner of ILS, is the designer and maker of the Proton system and the Breeze M upper stage. Currently, Khrunichev is developing the next generation Angara launch system. For more information, visit

 Khrunichev is one of the cornerstones of the space-industry. In accordance with Russia’s federal programs, Khrunichev ensures development, serial production and operation of light- and heavy-lift launch vehicles. Khrunichev also develops spacecraft (space systems) for remote sensing of Earth, and modules of space stations. Khrunichev includes among its branches the Rocket Plant, Salyut Design Bureau, Rocket Operation Plant and Medical Equipment Plant, as well as a number of branches that are located in seven regions of the Russian Federation including Moscow, Vladimir, Omsk, Voronezh, Archangelsk, and Chelyabinsk regions. For more information, visit 

About Intelsat

Intelsat is the leading provider of satellite services worldwide. For over 45 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and entertainment for many of the world’s leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and governmental agencies.

Intelsat 22 is a communications satellite built by Boeing Satellite Systems. As part of Intelsat’s 2012 fleet replacement and expansion plans, Intelsat 22 will carry two Ku-band mobility beams providing coverage of the Indian Ocean region, which will blanket busy maritime and aeronautical routes. From its position at 72 degrees East, Intelsat 22 will have Ku-band capacity serving the Middle East and eastern Africa. Its C-band hemi beams coverage will provide connectivity to and from most of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and eastern Asia. For more information,

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