Watch Intelsat-23 launch live!
October 14, 2012 09.23 Europe/London
WATCH LIVE WEBCAST. The Intelsat-23 satellite will be laucnhed today,Sunday, October 14, from the cosmodrome in Baikonour by a Proton rocket at 8.15 GMT.
As part of Intelsatís fleet replacement and expansion plans, the Intelsat 23 (IS-23) satellite is scheduled to start service at 307 degrees East longitude in 2012, and will replace the Intelsat 707 satellite. As a C-band and Ku-band satellite, Intelsat 23 will provide enhanced capacity for enterprise, oil and gas, and data networking services.
The Proton M launch vehicle, utilising a 4-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 24 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the Intelsat 23 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 Intelsat 23 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory.
From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission manoeuvres to advance the Orbital Unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a near geostationary orbit. Separation of the Intelsat 23 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours and 30 minutes after liftoff.
Go to the ILS website for the live webcast here.