ILS Proton Successfully Launches the Yamal-401 Satellite Marking the 400th Proton Mission

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, December 15, 2014 – International Launch Services (ILS), a leader in providing mission integration and launch services to the global commercial satellite industry, successfully launched the Yamal-401 satellite into geosynchronous orbit today on an ILS Proton for JSC Gazprom Space Systems (Gazprom) of Moscow.  This was the landmark 400th mission for the Proton launch vehicle since its first flight in 1965.


Integration of Proton M Ascent Unit and Mating with Breeze M for Astra 2G Launch Completed

Launch operations for the Astra 2G ILS Proton launch continue on schedule. Since late last week, the Khrunichev, ILS, SES and Airbus teams have been in the process of assembling the Ascent Unit (AU) including the mating of the Astra-2G spacecraft with the Breeze M upper stage (US) at the 92-А50 Integration & Testing Facility (ITF). On Monday, the final operations with the AU were carried out including electrical checkouts of the SC+US stack and installation of the payload fairing halves. In accordance with the schedule, the AU was transferred to the assembly hall and was mated with the Proton M launch vehicle.


Yamal 401 Spacecraft Fueling Complete

The final day of fueling of the Yamal 401 spacecraft was completed as planned today in Baikonur. Joint operations are on schedule to support the Proton launch of Yamal 401 in December. The Yamal 401 satellite was designed and manufactured by ISS Reshetnev on the Express-2000A platform for JSC Gazprom Space Systems and will provide communications services to Russia and CIS countries.


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