ILS success for Amazonas 5

International Launch Services (ILS) successfully launched Amazonas 5 on a Proton-Briz M rocket from Kazakhstan in the early hours locally on September 12th (01.23 am local time, 19.23 GMT) for Madrid-based Hispasat.

The Amazonas 5 satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral, has a high throughput Ka-band payload with 34 Ka-band spot beams which will be used for broadband service in South America, Central America and Mexico. It also has a Ku-band payload with 24 transponders for fixed satellite services for television, corporate networks and other telecommunications applications in South America and Central America. Amazonas 5, the 30th SSL satellite launched by ILS Proton, will be located at 61 degrees west and is built on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform.

The launch itself was seamless. The ILS Proton launched from Pad 39. The first three stages of the Proton Breeze M utilised a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the Amazonas 5 satellite) into a suborbital trajectory. Then, 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 Amazonas 5 satellite occurred at approximately 9 hours and 12 minutes after lift-off.

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