[FPSPACE] Proton success
Tue, 12 Dec 2000 17:47:05 -0500
What safeguards have been employed with the Sirius series
to avoid creating radio interference with frequencies
frequented by radio astronomers?
I asked this question a while back to someone from your
company, but never received an answer after an initial
response of "What are you talking about?".
At 01:15 AM 12/01/2000 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
>I am happy to announce the successful launch of the Sirius-3 satellite on
>With the influx of commercial money from the world launch services market,
Russia has now been able to accomplish something even the Soviet Union
never did in 26 years ('65 to '91) -- launch 14 Protons in one calendar
year. Six of the 14 were commercial launches, though arguably foreign
money played a direct role in the Zvezda launch as well.
> Spacecraft Integration Manager
> International Launch Services
>ILS Launches Three-Satellite Constellation for Sirius Satellite Radio
>Launch of Sirius Satellite Makes 14 Successful Proton Launches this Year
>MOSCOW, Dec. 1, 2000 - International Launch Services (ILS) successfully
launched the third digital audio radio service satellite into high
inclination orbit today for Sirius Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) of New
York. The Proton launch was conducted for Space Systems/Loral by ILS'
combined American and Russian team.
>The satellite, which is the third in the three-satellite Sirius
constellation, was launched on a Proton/ Block DM at 12:59 a.m. Baikonur
time (2:59 p.m. Nov. 30 EST USA) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the
Republic of Kazakhstan. Successful spacecraft separation was confirmed
approximately 2 ? hours after liftoff.
>Dr. Mark Albrecht, ILS president, stated: "We are extremely pleased to
have satisfied our commitment to Space Systems/Loral and its customer,
Sirius Satellite Radio. ILS is proud to help both companies achieve their
business objectives with 100% mission success."
>Albrecht added, "We're always thrilled at ILS when we complete a mission,
but to launch an entire constellation for a customer in only five months is
particularly rewarding for us."
>For ILS, the McLean, Va.-based launch services provider, the mission marks
its sixth flight with Proton this year and its 18th successful launch on
Proton since formation of the ILS joint venture in 1995. The two other
satellites in Sirius' three-satellite constellation also were launched
aboard Proton, in June and in September of this year. The six ILS launches
are among 14 total Proton launches in 2000. Proton is built by Khrunichev
State Research and Production Space Center at its complex near Moscow,
>"This is the first time ever that three high-power satellites have been
successfully launched within a five-month period to establish a dedicated
communications system," said Robert D. Briskman, executive vice president,
engineering, for Sirius Satellite Radio.
>>From its three orbiting satellites, Sirius (www.siriusradio.com) will
directly broadcast up to 100 channels of digital-quality radio to motorists
throughout the continental United States for a monthly subscription fee of
$9.95. Sirius will deliver 50 channels of commercial-free music in
virtually every genre, and up to 50 channels of news, sports, talk, comedy
and children's programming. Sirius' broad and deep range of almost every
music format as well as its news, sports and entertainment programming is
not available on conventional radio in any market in the United States.
>Sirius has alliances to install three-band (AM/FM/SAT) radios in Ford,
Chrysler, BMW, Mercedes, Mazda, Jaguar and Volvo vehicles as well as
Freightliner and Sterling heavy trucks. Numerous manufacturers will
furnish radios to automakers, and will also provide adapters to
electronics retailers that will allow radios in existing vehicles to
receive Sirius broadcasts.
>"We are very pleased to be working again with ILS," said John Klineberg,
president of Space Systems/Loral. "We are also pleased that this launch
has been as successful as the earlier Sirius launches."
>All Sirius satellites are custom-designed for satellite radio and are the
first in the world to use the S-band for satellite delivery of audio
content. They were built by Space Systems/Loral, a subsidiary of Loral
Space & Communications (NYSE: LOR) and a premier designer, manufacturer and
integrator of powerful satellites and satellite systems. SS/L also
provides a range of related services, including mission control operations
and procurement of launch services. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., the
company has an international base of commercial and governmental customers
whose applications include broadband digital communications, wireless
telephony, direct-to-home broadcast, environmental monitoring and air
traffic control. SS/L is ISO 9001 certified. For more information, visit
>International Launch Services is a joint venture stock company
established in 1995 to jointly market the Russian-built Proton and the
Lockheed Martin-built Atlas rockets to the worldwide satellite launch
market. The company currently offers the broadest range of launcher
products in the world along with the highest reliability in the industry.
ILS is owned by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services and the Lockheed
Khrunichev Energia International joint venture. For more information,
># # #
>CONTACT: Fran Slimmer (ILS), 1-571-633-7462, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sergei Jiltsov (Khrunichev), 7-095-145-9802
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