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    ILS Proton to Launch Sirius FM-6 on October 21, 2013

    Sirius FM-6 communications satellite
    SSL 1300 Platform
    Separated spacecraft mass: 6,003 kg (13,234 lbs)
    Launch Vehicle:
    Proton M/Breeze M
    705,000 kg (1,554,000 lbs), including payload
    58.2 m (191 ft)
    Launch Date:
    October 21, 2013
    Launch Time:
    00:12:56 Baikonur
    14:12:56 EDT, October 20
    11:12:56 PDT, October 20
    18:12:56 GMT, October 20
    Launch Site:
    Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Launch Pad 39
    Launch Customer:
    Sirius XM Radio, New York, New York
    Satellite Manufacturer:
    SSL, Palo Alto, California
    Launch Vehicle Manufacturer:
    Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow
    Launch Services Provider:
    International Launch Services, Reston, Va
    Satellite Use:
    Sirius FM-6 is a high-power geostationary satellite for SiriusXM, America’s largest radio broadcaster measured by revenue and one of the world’s largest pure-play audio entertainment companies. Sirius FM-6 will help with the delivery of commercial-free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment and Latin programming, traffic and weather to more than 25 million subscribers. Sirius FM-6 will also help in the delivery of traffic and other data service information to markets across North America for vehicles with navigational systems. SiriusXM is installed in vehicles of every major automaker and available for sale at retail locations nationwide. Sirius FM-6 will ensure SiriusXM’s array of audio and data services are received by vehicles, mobile devices and home receivers and will play an important role in bolstering the continuity of service for years to come.
    Satellite Statistics:
    __20 Kw end-of-life power
    __R-4D, 4 SPT-100 plasma thrusters
    __1 X-band uplink transponder
    __1 S-band downlink transponder
    __Planned orbital location: 116.15 degrees west longitude
    __Anticipated service life: 15 years
    Mission Profile:
    The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the Sirius FM-6 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 Sirius FM-6 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 circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geostationary transfer orbit. Separation of the Sirius FM-6 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 11 minutes, and 20 seconds after liftoff.
    Target Orbit at Separation:
    Perigee: 4,126 km
    Apogee: 35,786 km
    Inclination: 23.2 degrees
    Spacecraft Separation:
    Approximately 9 hours, 11 minutes after liftoff
    ILS Mission Statistics:
    _6th SiriusXM Satellite Launched on ILS Proton
    _27th SSL Satellite Launched on ILS Proton
    _6th ILS Proton Launch in 2013
    _83rd ILS Proton Launch Overall
    More Information:
    Live webcast will begin approximately 30 minutes before liftoff. General mission information and launch status updates are available at the website. You can also follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook for mission updates.

    Live Broadcast:
    Live Coverage starting: 13:45 EDT / 17:45 GMT, 20 October
    Launch is scheduled for 14:12:56 EDT / 18:12:56 GMT.
    Launch Broadcast concludes no later than 14:45 EDT / 18:45 GMT.
    Webcast can be seen at:
    And via Satellite TODAY:
    Test Signals:
    HD test for US/ AMC-9 will begin at 13:15 EDT
    Live test for Europe/ Baikonur will begin at 13:15 EDT/17:15 GMT
    In Baikonur and Europe, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the Following (HD):
    Eutelsat 10A:10 degrees east TXP B3
    Channel: 12MHZ SLOT 3E12
    Uplink Frequency: 14369 MHZ POL Y BY D-FRA-022 UP3 (ASI ONLY) EU10A
    Downlink Frequency: 11069 MHZ POL X
    HD 1080i 50Hz DVBS2 8PSK 9.875Ms/s FEC 3/4,
    P RoF 0.2 (MPEG4/H.264 420 21.503 Mbps)
    In the US, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the Following (HD):
    Satellite Transponder
    Channel Bandwidth U/L Freq / pol D/L Freq / pol
    AMC-9, transponder 04C
    Channel: C04BC @ 83W, 18.00 MHz
    Uplink Frequency: 6,014.000 / H
    Downlink Frequency: 3,789.000 / V
    1080i QPSK
    FEC: 3/4
    Symbol rate: 13.333, DVB – S, MPEG2 HD 4:2:0

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    Proton Launch of Sirius FM-6 Satellite Postponed

    The launch of a Proton launch vehicle with the Sirius FM-6 satellite was postponed today for at least 24 hours due to issues with the satellite ground station network required for the launch and early orbital operations of the Sirius FM-6 spacecraft.

    Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (Khrunichev) and International Launch Services (ILS) plan to make another attempt at 12:12 a.m. local time on October 22 in Baikonur (2:12 pm EDT on October 21). The satellite was built for Sirius XM Radio of New York, by SSL of California.

    It was determined by SSL and SiriusXM, as a precautionary measure, that additional time was needed to evaluate issues related to required remote satellite ground stations. The Proton Launch Vehicle and Sirius FM-6 satellite remain in a safe configuration with no technical issues at the launch site.

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