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ILS AT SATELLITE 2017 CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON D.C.

The annual SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition attracts executives across the industry for networking, conference sessions and panels, special events. More than 14,000 satellite professionals from more than 150 countries attend the conference, now in its 35th year. Below is a summary of some of the key ILS news highlighted during the conference.

ILS ANNOUNCES TWO MISSIONS UNDER ITS EUTELSAT MULTI-LAUNCH AGREEMENT FOR PROTON BREEZE M AND PROTON VARIANT MISSIONS

International Launch Services (ILS) announces its first commercial shared launch using a Proton Breeze M with the EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite and MEV-1, the first Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) developed by Orbital ATK.  In addition, ILS is pleased to announce the first commercial contract incorporating the use of the newly announced Proton Medium launch vehicle. Both launches are for Eutelsat Communications, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, headquartered in Paris, France.

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.

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.

Khrunichev Space Center: Proton M Successfully Launches Russian Express-AM8 satellite

On 14 September at 10:00:00 pm Moscow Time, Proton-M ILV lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to orbit Express-AM8, a Russian communications satellite. This year, it is Proton’s fifth launch, and the second to inject an Express-AM-series spacecraft in 2015.

The launch vehicle liftoff and flight proceeded nominally. At the appropriate time the orbital block (spacecraft + DM-03 upper stage) separated from LV Stage III and continued its autonomous mission. Subsequently, the spacecraft was injected to the target orbit using the upper stage main engine.

Atlas Launch Archives

2006

  • Atlas V, ASTRA 1KR April 20, 2006
  • Atlas V, New Horizons Jan 19, 2006

2005

  • Atlas V, MRO Aug 12, 2005
  • Atlas V, Inmarsat 4-F1 Mar 11, 2005
  • Atlas IIIB, NROL-23 Feb 3, 2005

2004

  • Atlas V, AMC-16 Dec 17, 2004
  • Atlas IIAS, NROL-1 Aug 31, 2004
  • Atlas IIAS, AMC-11 May 19, 2004
  • Atlas IIAS, Superbird-6 Apr 15, 2004
  • Atlas IIIA, MBSat Mar 13, 2004

Mission Control

ILS Proton Rocket Launch Vehicle VerticalizingILS manages and monitors every mission from inception to liftoff as well as post-launch. Each client works with a dedicated team to provide critical information for each step of the launch process. The mission integration and launch schedules created for customers detail all activities and timing for a successful launch program.

ILS Proton Breeze M Launch Vehicle

ILS Proton Breeze M Specifications

Performance Reference: 6.27 metric tons to GTO and 6.47 metric tons to reference SSTO at 1500 m/s delta V
Typical Mission: Approximately 9 hours utilizing a five-burn Breeze M mission design
Stages: Three-stage Proton rocket with restartable upper stage
Structure Type: Monocoque
Materials: Aluminum and composites

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