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Proton Lifts Off With the ExoMars Mission

14 March:

10:48 CET: Flight Director confirms first burn of Breeze-M upper stage completed. Three more burns are needed to boost TGO on its way to Mars. Updates to follow through the afternoon.

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10:43 CET: Proton 1st, 2nd and 3rd stage separations confirmed, fairing jettisoned; Breeze–M upper stage will now take over to provide additional boosts


10:26 CET: All teams at ESOC confirm GO for launch!

10:11 CET: The team at Baikonur are now disconnecting the power umbilical connection to the TGO. Spacecraft is now on internal power, drawing electricity from its batteries until ~12 hrs after launch

09:38 CET: Flight Director at ESOC conducts GO/NOGO roll call with the Mission Control Team. All positions report GO for launch!

09:21 CET: In Baikonur, the service gantry tower has started to roll back away from the rocket. This will take about 25 mins

09:10 CET: Deputy Operations Manager Silvia Sangiorgi (at ESOC) just confirmed the TGO remains healthy

07:30 CET: Fuelling of Proton launcher, which began on schedule at 04:31 CET, completed

04:50 CET: State Commission gives green light for launch. Weather prediction OK: cloudy, possibility some rain.

13 March: L-12 hours: TGO-switch on and telemetry link established; L-10:48: TGO battery charging completed.

12 March: ESA mission control completes dress rehearsal for launch.

11 March: Roll out completed, launcher in vertical position on the pad

10 March: Filling of Breeze upper stage completed as planned

9 March: Integrated launch vehicle at the fuelling station in Baikonur for fuelling of Breeze upper stage

5 March: Spacecraft composite is mated with the Proton launch vehicle.

2 March: Breeze upper stage and ExoMars composite are encapsulated within the two fairing halves of the Proton launcher.

29 February: ExoMars spacecraft composite is mated with the launch vehicle adapter and installed on top of the Breeze upper stage.

21/22 February: ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter is fuelled.

Source : International Launch Services - view original press release

Published on ASDNews: Mar 14, 2016


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