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September 12, 2016 - September 16, 2016

The 20th annual World Satellite Business Week conference in Paris on September 12-16, gathered together nearly one thousand representatives from the global satellite industry. The conference featured a series of networking, discussions and presentations, including a panel on commercial launch entitled “Renewed Access to Space” on September 13 with ILS and other launch services providers. The panel was preceeded that morning with an ILS press briefing to industry journalists.

The following is a summary of ILS’ participation in the summit.

ILS Unveils Proton Variants: Right-Sized Vehicles to Meet Market Demand for 3-5 MT Satellites
On September 13, ILS announced the addition of two new launch vehicles—called Proton Medium and Proton Light—a competitive launch offering in the growing 3-5 metric ton satellite segment. The 2-stage Proton Medium and Proton Light vehicles will benefit from the performance of the workhorse Proton Breeze M. ILS is matching the capability of the Proton vehicle with changing spacecraft propulsion and mass characteristics with a cost competitive offering.

The Proton Variants will be introduced in the 2018-2020 timeframe, launching from Pad 24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 2018. In the near term, the Proton Breeze M will continue to be available to address the high end commercial GEO market.

An Active Year for ILS/Next Up on the Pad
In August, ILS announced the first Angara 1.2 contract with KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute), to launch the KOMPSAT-6 satellite. Angara 1.2 was introduced to launch the smaller satellites cost effectively to LEO. These satellites will be launched from Plesesk, in Northern Russia with an existing launch pad. Compared to other vehicles in its class, Angara 1.2 is a higher performing vehicle at a lower cost. Earlier in the year, ILS also announced a new Proton Breeze M launch order for Inmarsat in the 2017 timeframe.

ILS Proton’s first launch of 2016 was for Eutelsat with the Eutelsat 9B satellite on January 30, 2016. The ExoMars mission for ESA was launched by Proton (a Khrunichev mission) on March 14, 2016, and ILS launched Intelsat 31 on June 9. We expect up to 3 additional launches before the end of the year with EchoStar XXI being first up on the launch pad, followed by up to two Federal missions.

ILS and Khrunichev are responding to strong industry and customer-driven demands for launch diversity and capabilities—with the mainstay Proton Breeze M, and the two-stage offspring of Proton M—the Proton Medium and Proton Light, and the Angara 1.2 vehicle for LEO and SSO missions.  ILS now offers a full array of vehicles to launch to any orbit, altitude or inclination, for small, medium and as always, the heavy, high through-put satellites to optimally the global satellite industry.


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