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ILS at World Space Risk Forum 2016

November 2, 2016 - November 4, 2016
Jim Kramer

The World Space Risk Forum 2016 in Dubai, UAE is held every two years and is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together satellite operators, manufacturers, space agencies, risk managers, brokers, underwriters, lawyers and capital providers to network and learn more about the threats we face as an industry.

The theme of this year’s conference from November 2-4, 2016 was "Unlocking Business in Space" with over 400 in attendance for discussions on manufacturing and design innovations, regulatory and legal trends and implications, cyber and space debris risks, access to capital and impact of technology and new applications.

ILS Vice President of Engineering and Mission Assurance, Jim Kramer, hosted a morning briefing during the conference to members of the insurance community on November 2. Topics ranged from the new Proton Variants, the 2-stage offspring of the heritage Proton Breeze M heavy lift vehicle, the Angara 1.2 vehicle for LEO missions, and developments with the Proton Breeze M vehicle with an update on the quality assurance program.

Kramer was also a featured panelist on the Wednesday afternoon session covering technological breakthroughs, entitled, “How technology will change our lives forever” alongside colleagues representing the operator and supplier side of satellite technology. 

Kramer said that ILS and parent company, Khrunichev, are responding to strong industry and customer-driven demands by developing innovative, cost-effective launch solutions for a variety of satellites weight classes.

Over 22 years serving satellite operators worldwide, ILS offers the heavy lift Proton Breeze M, and announced in September of this year, the two-stage Proton Variants: Proton Medium and Proton Light vehicles. ILS also has the exclusive commercial rights to the Angara 1.2 vehicle for LEO and SSO missions. ILS now provides 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.

There are always risks associated with the development and deployment of new technologies. KhSC understands this and has implemented and improved over time, an extensive quality management system, designed to help assess and mitigate risks to ensure safe, reliable launch systems. 

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