Missions

DIRECTTV 7S

Mission Profile

The Sea Launch team placed the DIRECTV 7S satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit, with the spacecraft separating from the upper stage over Brazil, just 29 minutes after liftoff. Two-and-a-half minutes into the flight, the first stage of the Zenit-3SL vehicle separated and the payload fairing was jettisoned. Five minutes later, the second stage separated from the Block DM-SL upper stage. The Block DM-SL upper stage burned for nearly eleven minutes, coasted for ten minutes and then separated from the spacecraft. A ground station in Fucino, Italy, acquired the first signal from the satellite, about 16 minutes after spacecraft separation. Ground operators from Space Systems/Loral then directed DIRECTV 7S to its final position in geostationary orbit at 119 degrees West Longitude.
 
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