Missions

SPACEWAY

Mission Profile

The Sea Launch team deployed the DIRECTV's Spaceway satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit, with the spacecraft separating from the upper stage over the coast of Brazil a half hour after liftoff. Two-and-a-half minutes into the flight, the first stage of the Zenit-3SL vehicle separated and the payload fairing jettisoned. Five minutes later, the second stage separated from the Block DM-SL upper stage. The Block DM-SL upper stage burned for nearly twelve minutes, then coasted for ten minutes. Following spacecraft separation from the upper stage, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory near Johannesburg, South Africa, acquired the first signal from the satellite about 20 minutes later.
 
 
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