Proton's Long-Awaited Comeback Mission
Russia's Proton Rocket is ready for a long-awaited return to flight mission, almost a full year after the heavy-lifter last took flight from its remote Kazakhstan launch base. The vehicle was kept on the ground after potential weaknesses were discovered on the rocket's second and third stage engines - requiring a lengthy refurbishment process.
Carrying EchoStar-21, the Proton-M is targeting liftoff on June 8, 2017 on an all-day ascent mission that begins with a ten-minute ride on the three-stage Proton before the Briz-M upper stage takes over for a five-burn, nine-hour mission profile.
Live Video by Roscosmos / Tsenki (Live ILS Launch Coverage)
|Launch Date: June 8, 2017
|Launch Time: 03:45 UTV
|Launch Site: Site 81/24, Baikonur Cosmodrome
|Proton-M Launch Vehicle
|Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M (Ph.4)
|Payload: EchoStar-21 (6,871kg)
|Ascent Duration: 9 Hours & 13 Minutes
|Target Orbit: 2,300 x 35,786km, 30.5°