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International Launch Services (ILS), a leading launch services provider for the global commercial satellite industry, successfully delivered the Amazonas 5 satellite into orbit today on an ILS Proton for HISPASAT. It was the second HISPASAT satellite launched on ILS Proton.


Live Webcast:
The live webcast can be viewed at

The webcast begins at 15:00 ET on September 11, 2017 and concludes at 15:45 ET.
ILS Proton Lift off is at 15:23 ET.

AMAZONAS 5 communications satellite
SSL 1300

Separated spacecraft mass:
Approx. 5900 kg (13,007 lbs)

Launch Vehicle:
ILS Proton Breeze M
705,000 kg (1,554,000 lbs), including payload 58.2 m (191 ft)

Launch Date:
September 12, 2017

Launch Time: 01:23:41 Baikonur

Khrunichev Space Center: The 100th launch of the Proton M was successfully completed

On August 17, 2017 at 01:07 Moscow time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the Proton Breeze M launch vehicle successfully launched a spacecraft into the orbit in the interests of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The launch was the 100th heavy lift for Proton M, which has been in use since 2001, and the 414th launch in the Proton rocket since its maiden flight in 1965.

Varochko to Head Khrunichev Space Center

Press release from KhSC Communications Department

Aleksey VAROCHKO has been appointed to the position of acting Director General of Federal State Enterprise "GKNPTS named after M.V. Khrunichev" (Khrunichev Space Center).

Today, June 28, 2017, Director General of Roscosmos State Corporation Igor KOMAROV introduced the new chief executive to the Khrunichev Space Center staff:

EchoStar XXI Team in Moscow

May 15, 2017 10:30 am (GMT)

Next Stop, Baikonur: The teams of ILS, KhSC, EchoStar and SSL conducted a successful pre-launch meeting in Moscow today at the Proton Hotel. Then it’s wheels up tomorrow for the charter to the launch site.

ILS and Khrunichev Statement on June 9 ILS Proton Launch of the Intelsat 31 Satellite

The ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle successfully delivered the Intelsat 31 spacecraft to its Super Synchronous Transfer Orbit on June 9. Both ILS and Khrunichev confirm that the flight path was within requirements with a precise satellite injection orbit of 3428 x 64,964 km, inclined 29.53 degrees and within 1.1 m/s of the target, well within Interface Control Document (ICD) requirements. Telemetry data is currently being processed.

Proton Launch Vehicle and Intelsat 31 Spacecraft Arrive at Baikonur Processing Center

The Proton launch vehicle and Intelsat 31 spacecraft both arrived safely via railcar at Building 92A-50 for processing in Hall 111 in preparation for the ILS Proton launch of Intelsat 31 later this month.

Khrunichev Space Center Celebrates 100 Years of Service

Khrunichev Press Center


Khrunichev Center - 100 YEARS OF SERVICE


Today, April 30, 2016 marks 100 years since the inception of Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Research and Production Space Center MV Khrunichev (Khrunichev), one of the core enterprises of the Russian space industry and  one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of rocket and space technology.

ILS at 32nd National Space Symposium

The Space Symposium has brought together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space since the inaugural event in 1984. With 11,000 participants, The Space Symposium has become widely known as the premier U.S. space policy and program hosting representatives from global commercial, government, civil and military programs.

Khrunichev Space Center: Celebrating 20 Years of Commercial Launch with Proton

Twenty years ago, the Proton K Launch Vehicle became the first Russian rocket to enter the global commercial launch services market.

Proton K commercial operations began on April 9, 1996 with the successful launch of the Astra 1F telecommunications satellite built by Hughes for the European operator SES. Injection to the target orbit was performed by the DM Upper Stage manufactured by RSC Energia.

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