Sea Launch’s Zenit-3SL has successfully carried the Galaxy 16 telecommunications satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) on Sunday morning at 07:50 GMT.
Galaxy 16 is the fourth spacecraft Sea Launch will orbit for PanAmSat. While it is designed for a 15-year lifespan, Sea Launch’s direct insertion into equatorial orbit is expected to yield additional years of fuel life.
“We take pride in successfully delivering our fourth satellite to orbit for PanAmSat. And we look forward to delivering many more as we continue to grow our long-standing relationship,” Peckham said.
Built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), the 1300-series spacecraft, weighing in at 4,640 kg (10,229 lb), carries 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, primed to meet the needs of a variety of broadcast customers in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada.
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Lifting off from the Odyssey Launch Platform, a Zenit-3SL rocket will begin its ascent phase of flight. The first stage of the vehicle will separate two-and-a-half minutes after liftoff, and the protective payload fairing will be jettisoned 75 seconds later. Following a six-minute burn, the second stage will separate from the Block DM upper stage. The Block DM will operate for seven minutes and then shutdown for a 30-minute coast period.
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