Missions

XM-3

Mission Profile

On this mission, a Zenit-3SL launch vehicle lifted off from the Odyssey Launch Platform, positioned on the Equator, and inserted the XM-3 commercial digital radio broadcast satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. The weight of the spacecraft, fully fueled at the time of launch, was approximately 4703 kg (10,368 lbs). Two-and-a-half minutes after liftoff, the first stage separated and then the payload fairing jettisoned. About five minutes later, the second stage separated from the Block DM upper stage. After the first burn of the Block DM engine, the spacecraft coasted for about 30 minutes. Following this coast, the Block DM made a second burn and then separateed from the spacecraft about 14 minutes later, above the coast of Gabon, Africa.
 
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