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Proton-M Rocket With US Satellite To Lift Off July 7

DirecTV satellite
by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Jun 14, 2007
The launch of a U.S. telecommunications satellite, DirecTV-10, on board a Russian Proton-M carrier rocket has been scheduled for July 7, a leading Russian space company said Wednesday. The DirecTV-10 is a commercial telecommunications satellite designed and manufactured by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems to provide consumers across continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska with local and national High Definition Television (HDTV).

"This morning Boeing engineers started fuelling the spacecraft; the operation will last for several days," the Khrunichev State Space Scientific Production Center said in a statement.

The satellite was delivered June 6 to the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan for launch preparations. It will be put into orbit by a Russian Proton-M carrier rocket powered by a Briz-M booster, which is also being readied for launch at the space center.

The launch services will be provided by International Launch Services, a U.S.-Russian joint venture with exclusive rights for worldwide commercial sales and mission management of satellite launches on Russia's Proton carrier rockets.

The joint venture partners are Space Transport Inc., a privately held corporation based in the British Virgin Islands, and Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and RSC Energia of Moscow.

The company has conducted a total of 46 commercial Proton launches since 1996, and has 15 scheduled launches through 2010.

The Proton vehicle launches both commercial ILS missions and Russian government payloads from the Baikonur space center, which is operated by the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) under lease from the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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Dawn Spacecraft Never Damaged; Set To Launch July 7
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Marc Rayman who is helping oversee the Dawn launch campaign team at KSC has told "The report of a worker falling [on the Dawn spacecraft] is wrong; I don't know how such a rumor even got started. A tool made inadvertent contact with the back of the solar array (i.e., the side without solar cells). There is no reason to expect this to have an effect on our plans to launch on July 7."

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