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Iridium 27 to 33

Proton-K/17S40

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Iridium 27 to 33

Type: Communications

Iridium provides global mobile telecommunications services using a constellation of 66 low earth orbit satellites in a 86.4° inclined orbit. Although 77 satellites were originally envisioned for the system and spawned the name based on the 77th element in the periodic table, the system has been scaled back. Motorola’s Satellite Communications Group designed and manufactured the Iridium satellites with Lockheed Martin providing the LM-700A spacecraft buses.

Location

81/23 (81L)

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

1531 rockets have launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan.

81/23 (81L), Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Rocket

Proton-K/17S40 – Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center

Family: Proton / UR-500
Length: 59 m
Diameter: 4.15 m
Launch Mass: 708 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 6000 kg

The Proton-K/17S40 was manufactured by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center with the first launch on 1997-06-06. Proton-K/17S40 has 6 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 6 launches. The Proton-K was a Russian, previously Soviet, carrier rocket derived from the earlier Proton. It was built by Khrunichev, and launched from sites 81 and 200 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Agency

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center

Type: Government
Abbreviation: KhSC
Administration: Director: Andrey Vladimirovich Kalinovskiy
Founded: 1916
Launchers: Proton | Rokot

Country: RUS

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center is a Moscow-based producer of spacecraft and space-launch systems, including the Proton and Rokot rockets and is currently developing the Angara rocket family. The Proton launch vehicle launches from Baikonur and Rokot launches from Baikonur and Plesetsk. Angara will launch from Plesetsk and Vostochny.

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