The Astra 2G satellite roared into space on board an ILS Proton Breeze M booster last night at 03:37:49 Baikonur time (22:37:49 CET on December 27).
Russia’s Yamal-401 is scheduled for lift-off on December 16 and Europe’s Astra 2G on December 28.
The launch of the Astra 2G satellite has been postponed after pre-flight testing uncovered a fault was found with the Breeze M upper stage gyro unit.
Final operations have been carried out on the Ascent Unit ahead of the launch of Astra 2G later this month.
Astra’s latest satellite has been safely delivered from Toulouse, France to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in preparation for launch next month, International Launch Services has confirmed.
The ILS Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) has concluded the May 16 failure of the Express AM4R satellite was down to a loss of structural integrity of a bolted interface that attaches the Stage III steering engine turbopump to the main engine structural frame.
Pre-launch processing has begun for the integrated Proton M/Breeze M integrated launch vehicle that will carry the new Turksat 4A.
The Astra 2E satellite roared into space on board an ILS Proton Breeze M booster Sunday night at 3:38am Baikonur time (23:38 CET on September 29).
WATCH LIVE WEBCAST. Tonight, Sunday, September 29, ILS Proton is set the launch the Astra 2E satellite at 23.38 CET (21.38 GMT).
The delayed Astra 2E satellite will now launch on September 15, 2013, following the completion of the ILS Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) investigation into the failed GLONASS Proton launch.