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.