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ILS Participates in Global SatShow in Istanbul

November 29, 2016 - November 30, 2016
Kirk Pysher

ILS was honored to sponsor and participate in the Global SatShow in Istanbul, Turkey on November 29 and 30th. Global SatShow, an annual satellite conference and exhibition, welcomed hundreds of satellite executives from across the world. Global SatShow, hosted by the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA), provided a platform to address market trends and spur business development, and served to showcase the industry’s leading technology and services.

ILS President Kirk Pysher was a panelist on the “Future Cooperations in Space” session with top industry executives from MELCO, Tubitak Uzay, Airbus Defence & Space and Aselsan. The session was opened by a special keynote address delivered by Suat Hayri Aka, the Undersecretary of Transportation, Maritime and Communications, for Turkey.

In keeping with the theme of the session, the panelists agreed that the space industry continues to be a sector where international cooperation continues to flourish. For ILS, the launch of the TURKSAT-4A and 4B satellites by the Proton launch vehicle in 2014 and 2015, was a representative example. Both launches required the coordination of several entities: TURKSAT from Turkey, Mitsubishi Electric Company (MELCO) from Japan, ILS from the U.S., and Khrunichev, the maker of the Proton rocket, from Russia, with the launches taking place from the historical Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan which is the site for all Proton launches.

After surveying customers and partners alike, ILS devised a mutually beneficial solution to enable access to space, accommodating the influx of higher capacity and lower mass satellites with hybrid and electric propulsion. Utilizing the heritage system of the Proton launch vehicle, the capability of the workhorse launcher has evolved from enabling higher mass satellites over 6.3 metric tons to now accommodating the deployment of satellites in the 3-5 metric ton range with the two-state Proton Medium and Proton Light vehicles, announced in September of this year. Pysher explained: “The Proton family and the full range of performance it provides, offers alternatives and competition,” in a market that is in need of reliable access to space in the near term.

With the future trending toward non-GSO missions and constellations, ILS has the exclusive rights to market the Angara 1.2 vehicle for LEO, SSO, and Polar Orbit missions using flight proven components and systems. The inclusion of Angara 1.2 enables ILS to provide a full range of performance and orbits for the space industry. ILS has contracts for a Proton Medium (Eutelsat) and Angara 1.2 (Earth observation LEO for KARI with KOMPSAT-6) launch, addressing the demand for alternative future missions. ILS also recently announced 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.

The entire launch sector is integral to the industry, now and in the future. One segment doesn’t survive without the other. ILS continues to evolve its products, services, and business to meet the current and future missions of its industry partners. ILS’s successful launch of the TURKSAT-4A and 4B satellite with the Proton was one of many highlights for the company, and it enabled the provision of at least 30 years of OML for each satellite. ILS is poised to support the next generation of TURKSAT satellites with its next generation Proton Medium.

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