Sirius rocket delayed

Chris Forrester

28-06-2009

The launch of the latest Sirius-XM satellite has been delayed 24-hours. Originally scheduled to launch in the early hours of Tuesday morning, June 30, it has been rescheduled for July 1 local time.

International Launch Services is handling the launch, using a giant Proton rocket fired from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Sirius FM-5 is a Space Systems/Loral Space Bus 1300 model.

Lift of is now scheduled for 1.10am Baikonur time (19.10 GMT/15.10 EDT on June 30). It will go to the 96 deg West location.

The lift-off will be broadcast live on NSS 7, and on Galaxy 28 over North America (see below).

Live Launch Broadcast:
Launch Broadcast Feeds - 30 June 2009
US Domestic C-Band satellite time from CCI will start at 2:15 PM EDT 29 June 2009 for test signals
All other Test Signals will start at 2:30 PM EDT US 30June 2009
Live Coverage Starting at 2:49 PM EDT US 30 June 2009
Launch is scheduled for 3:10 PM EDT US 30 June 2009
Launch Broadcast concludes no later than 3:45 PM EDT US 30 June 2009

In North America the broadcast may be seen on:
SATELLITE: Galaxy 28
TRANSPONDER: C-12
ORBITAL POSITION: 89 Degrees West
BANDWIDTH 36MHz
DOWNLINK FREQ 3940.000 Horizontal

In Europe the broadcast may be seen on
Satellite NSS7
Transponder ENV8/EUH8 Channel CD
PAL Digital
Orbital Position 338 Degrees
BANDWIDTH 9 MHz
UPLINK Frequency 14483.500 MHz Vertical
DOWNLINK Frequency 11693.500 MHz Horizontal
Symbolic Rate 5.632
FEC