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XM Radio-3 Launch


CHRONOLOGY OF ACTIVITIES

December 21, 2004 -
February 1, 2005

Home Port activities:

  • SC fueling, tests, ILV integration
  • ILV transfer and "dry roll-out"
February 2, 2005 -
February 14, 2005

ACS and LP sea transit to the launch site

February 15-18, 2005

Pre-launch processing

February 19, 2005

A decision was made to return ILV to hangar because of bad weather forecast.

February 21-23, 2005

Pre-launch processing was resumed based on a good weather forecast

February 23, 2005

The countdown was aborted at 7 min 8 sec before scheduled lift-off due to an off-nominal situation on the Zenit-2S.

February 23, 2005 - February 28, 2005

Activities to analyze and correct the causes and effects of the off-nominal situation on the LV

March 1, 2005

At 6 hours 51 min. Moscow Time (February 28, 2005 at 19 hours 51 mn. Pacific Time) the 15th launch from the launch platform Odyssey was accomplished. XM Radio-3 spacecraft was put into its target orbit.

Post-launch operations, the start of the sea transit to the Home Port.

LAUNCH RESULTS

XM Radio-3 has been put into its target orbit:

Perigee altitude,
km
Apogee altitude,
km
Inclination,
deg.
2468
35786
0

This launch resulted in the most precise orbital insertion of a spacecraft in the entire history of the Sea launch program.

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