International Launch Services (ILS), a provider of providing launch services to the global commercial satellite industry, successfully carried the AsiaSat 9 satellite into orbit on an ILS Proton for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) of Hong Kong, the company said.
This was the 3rd commercial mission of the year for ILS and the 96th ILS Proton launch overall.
The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, lifted off from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 00:52 a.m. today local time (2:52 a.m. in Hong Kong; 6:52 p.m. GMT and 2:52 p.m. ET on September 28) with the AsiaSat 9 satellite on board.
The first three stages of the Proton used a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the AsiaSat 9 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M performed 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 a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Separation of the AsiaSat 9 satellite occurred as planned, 9 hours, 13 minutes after lift-off.
This was the 416th launch for Proton since its maiden flight in 1965. The Proton Breeze M vehicle is developed and built by Khrunichev Space Center of Moscow.
ILS provides launch services for satellite operators and offers a complete array of services and support, from contract arrangements, mission management and on-orbit delivery.
AsiaSat, the satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world´s population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 600 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company´s satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat´s new satellite, AsiaSat 9, was successfully launched on 29 September to replace AsiaSat 4. AsiaSat is a wholly owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, visit www.asiasat.com.