Launch News Proton Breeze-M to Launch Amazonas 5 Satellite (15:23 EDT/19:23 GMT, Sep. 11th)

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Mission Overview is available here in PDF format.

Press Release for this mission can be found here.

Live Broadcast:Broadcast begins at 15:00 EDT on September 11th; 19:00 GMT on September 11th here.

Payload |AMAZONAS 5 communications satellite
|SSL 1300
Spacecraft mass |Approx. 5900 kg (13,007 lbs)
Launch Vehicle |ILS Proton Breeze M
|705,000 kg (1,554,000 lbs), including payload 58.2 m (191 ft)
Launch Date |September 12, 2017
Launch Time |01:23:41 Baikonur
|19:23:41 UTC/GMT (September 11)
|15:23:41 Reston (September 11
|21:23:41 Madrid (September 11)
|16:23:41 Rio de Janeiro (September 11)
|12:23:41 Palo Alto (September 11)
Launch Site |Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
|Launch Pad 39, Launch Complex 200
Launch Customer |HISPASAT, Madrid, Spain
Satellite Manufacturer |SSL, Palo Alto, Ca.
Launch Vehicle Manufacturer |Khrunichev Space Center,
|Moscow, Russia
Launch Services Provider |International Launch Services, Reston, Va.

Mission Profile:



The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with the
AMAZONAS 5 satellite on board.

The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the AMAZONAS 5 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a nearly circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to the apogee of the planned geosynchronous transfer orbit mission. ILS Proton provides this unique mission injection for GEO satellites.

The separation of the AMAZONAS 5 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff.

Launch Animation:

Satellite Details:



Two satellites built by Space Systems/Loral, AsiaSat 9 at left and Amazonas 5 at right, are preparing for launch on ILS Proton rockets this month. This photo shows the satellites meeting recently at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: ILS

AMAZONAS 5, built for HISPASAT, has a high throughput Ka-band spot beam payload with 34 Ka-band spot beams which will be used for broadband services, celular backhaul and corporate networks in South America, Central America and Mexico. It also has a Ku-band beam with 24 transponders for broadcasting satellite services, which will be used for DTH, television distribution and other telecommunications applications in South America and Central America.

Satellite Statistics:
Orbital location | 61 degrees West
Anticipated service life |15 years

Target Orbit at Separation:
Apogee |35,286 km (21,926 miles)
Perigee |4,450 km (2,765 miles)
Inclination |22.9 degrees

Spacecraft Separation:
Approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff

ILS Mission Statistics:
  • 95th ILS Proton launch
  • 415th Proton launch overall
  • 2nd ILS Proton launch of 2017
  • 2nd HISPASAT Satellite Launched on ILS Proton
  • 30th SSL satellite launched on a Proton

Gallery can be accessed here.

International Launch Services (ILS) Official Mission Webpage
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