Our Team

  • Kirk Pysher

    Kirk Pysher

    President

    Kirk Pysher

    President

    Pysher has 30 years of experience in the space industry. He received a Masters and Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University and obtained a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate from Purdue University.

  • Jim Kramer

    Jim Kramer

    Vice President Engineering and Mission Assurance
    Jim Kramer

    Jim Kramer

    Vice President Engineering and Mission Assurance

    Kramer has 30 years of career experience in launch vehicle design, program management, business development, commercial and government sales. He is responsible for re-establishing customer and insurance community trust and confidence in Proton launch services by improving reliability, insight and oversight.

  • John Palmé

    John Palmé

    COO & Vice President — Programs and Operations

    John Palmé

    COO & Vice President — Programs and Operations

    Palmé has 20 years of experience in spacecraft and launch vehicle design, integration, test, launch and operations. For more than a decade, Palmé has overseen the reliability and quality programs and the integration and launch of commercial spacecraft on the ILS Proton launch vehicle.

  • Joe Acheson

    Joe Acheson

    CFO & Vice President
    Joe Acheson

    Joe Acheson

    CFO & Vice President

    Acheson had a high-profile role in executing both Lockheed Martin divestiture of ILS to Space Transport Inc. and Khrunichev purchase of ILS from Space Transport Inc. He enjoys sports and is a fan of the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Braves.

  • Peter Stier

    Peter Stier

    Vice President Sales
    Peter Stier

    Peter Stier

    Vice President Sales

    A veteran of the space industry for over 20 years, Stier has significant expertise in coordinating and executing business development strategies for commercial launch and telecommunications services and technology businesses. He has extensive business development, sales and marketing experience in Asia, EMEA, Russia, Brazil, India, Norway, Ukraine and Americas. 

  • Kile Thompson

    Kile Thompson

    Acting General Counsel
    Kile Thompson

    Kile Thompson

    Acting General Counsel

    Thompson provides legal counsel to all ILS business functions including compliance, contracts, sales and marketing, HR, and finance. He drafts and negotiates multi-million dollar master service agreements, and manages all legal aspects of ILS’s legal and regulatory compliance programs. 

 

Mission

ILS creates value for our Customers by providing dependable access to space through proven and innovative launch solutions.

 

International Launch Services (ILS) offers a complete array of services and support, from contract signing through mission management and on-orbit delivery.

ILS exclusively owns worldwide commercial and civil sales, and mission management of satellite launches using the following launch vehicles:

·      Proton Breeze M

·      Angara 1.2

Read more about our launch vehicles!

ILS provides a comprehensive set of launch services for global satellite operators. These include:

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Mission Management
  • Launch operations
  • On-orbit delivery
  • Legal
  • Licensing
  • Technical translation

Learn more about what makes ILS a leader in the global satellite launch industry!

 

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History

Created in 1995, ILS has played a pivotal role in the history of rocketry and satellite launches – we’ve worked with more than 45 companies in 22 countries, launching more than 400 missions.

Not only have we set the standard for Russian-American space cooperation, we’ve had unparalled success in the industry due to our core values:

·      Reliable: offering quality, heritage systems that are vertically integrated

·      Dedicated: customer focused; steady production and launch rates

·      Stable: sustainable business model spanning more than 20 years

·      Flexible: demonstrated ability to meet customers’ changing needs

·      Competitive: in services, price, terms and conditions

Key Dates:

2016
2015
2013
2002
2001
2000
  • 6 June: First successful flight of Breeze M with Proton K
1998
  • 20 November: Federal Proton launch of Zarya, the first component of the International Space Station
1996
1995
1965
  • 16 July: First launch of Proton

ILS is a subsidiary of the Khrunichev Space Center (Khrunichev), a longstanding leader in the advancement of space programs.

Founded in 1916 and headquartered in Moscow, Khrunichev’s varied product lines include launch vehicles and launch vehicle upper stages, communication and earth observation satellites, rocket engines and space station modules.

We are dedicated to the success of your mission – Launch with ILS!

 

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Contact Us!

For the latest news and information, or if you have a question, please email ILS at contactus@ilslaunch.com