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ILS and Proton Milestones

Since its creation in 1995, International Launch Services has been a world leader in commercial launch, serving satellite operators across the globe.

ILS’ launch vehicle, the Proton, has also played a pivotal role in the history of rocketry and satellite launches. The Proton has been launched over 400 times since the first liftoff in 1965.

 

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Astra 1F Proton Rocket Launch

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2002Proton M had its first commercial launch in 2002
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  • 20 November: Federal Proton launch of Zarya, the first component of the International Space Station
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  • 7 June: Russian presidential decree established the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (Khrunichev)
  • 15 April: Creation of LKEI partnership
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  • 16 December: Russian Government Order No 2349-r authorizing Khrunichev Enterprise "to set up a joint enterprise with Lockheed Corporation according to the established order with the purpose to conduct marketing operations in the international market of space services".
  • 17 June: President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, and U.S. President, George H.W. Bush, signed the Agreement on Cooperation in the field of space research for peaceful purposes
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  • 16 July: First launch of Proton
1955
  • 2 June: the official decree of the Soviet General Staff formally inaugurating construction of a scientific research and testing range at Baikonur
  • 5 May: Laid the first stone to mark the construction of the city of Leninsk at the Cosmodrome

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