Launch & Satellite Contract Review | ILS Rises Above Proton Problems

Proton. Credit: ILS photo
ILS was able to conduct three more flights after the July failure, an indication of just how quickly Proton, and the commercial market, can return to business as usual with Proton.

PARIS — Conducting seven successful commercial flights in 2013, which is about what it planned, International Launch Services (ILS) almost shrugged off the July failure of a Proton rocket on a government mission.


ILS to Launch the Eutelsat 9B Satellite in 2015

Reston, VA, January 15 , 2014 –International Launch Services (ILS) and Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world’s leading satellite operators, announce that the EUTELSAT 9B satellite will be launched in 2015 by an ILS Proton launch vehicle.


Proton Successfully Launches a Russian Federal Satellite

Moscow, Russia, December 26, 2013 – Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (Khrunichev) announced the successful Proton M Breeze M launch of the Express-AM5 communications satellite for the Russian Federation today. This was the 10th Proton launch this year and the 393rd Proton launch overall since its maiden flight in 1965. The satellite was built by ISS-Reshetnev and MDA.


Proton Successfully Orbited Satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defense

November 12, 2013-The Proton launch vehicle successfully placed a satellite into orbit today for the Russian Ministry of Defense. The vehicle lifted off at 3:46 a.m. Moscow time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As per the mission design, after 9 hours, the spacecraft separated from the Breeze M and was released into geostationary orbit. The satellite was passed over to the Aerospace Defense Forces for subsequent control.


ILS Appoints Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

International Launch Services (ILS) appointed Joe Acheson vice president and chief financial officer. Acheson formerly served as acting chief financial officer, and previous to that role, as controller for ILS.  Acheson has over a decade of experience in finance in the commercial launch Industry. Before joining ILS in 2000, he worked at SAIC in various finance positions. Acheson holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from George Mason University and an MBA in international business from University of Maryland University College.


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