ILS Proton to Launch Two Missions for Intelsat

Reston, VA and Washington, DC, March 28, 2013 – International Launch Services (ILS) and Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, have signed a contract for two firm ILS Proton launch missions.


International Launch Services Issues Additional Details on the Yamal 402 Proton Launch Anomaly Cause and Corrective Actions

February 14, 2013 – International Launch Services (ILS) has issued additional details regarding the most probable root cause and corrective actions presented to the ILS Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) concerning the Yamal 402 Proton launch anomaly which occurred on December 8, 2012.
The members of the FROB agreed with the findings of the Russian investigation that the most probable cause of the Yamal 402 Proton launch anomaly was due to a combination of adverse conditions which affected the operation of the Breeze M main engine during the startup of the 3rd burn.


Satéllites Mexicanos and International Launch Services Announce Satmex 8 Launch Date

Mexico City, Mexico, D.F. and Reston, Virginia, February 14, 2013 – Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (Satmex)  and International Launch Services (ILS) announced today that the ILS Proton launch date for its C- and Ku- band satellite, Satmex 8, has been scheduled for March 27 (March 26 EDT), 2013 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The deployment of Satmex 8 is expected to facilitate a timely and seamless transition of customers from Satmex 5 to the new satellite.


ILS FROB Concludes the Yamal 402 Proton Launch Anomaly Investigation

February 12, 2013 – The International Launch Servies (ILS) Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) concluded its review on February 7, concurring on the most probable root cause and the associated corrective action plan of the December 8, 2012 anomaly of the Yamal 402 Proton launch. The FROB analyzed the findings and recommendations of the Russian working group, which included participation from experts from TsNIIMash (Central Scientific Research Institute of Machine Building), M.V. Keldysh Research Center and Khrunichev State Research and Space Production Center (Khrunichev).


Pacific Telecommunications Council Conference 2013 – Panel Recap

International Launch Services (ILS), a leader in providing mission integration and launch services to the commercial satellite industry,  recently participated in a dialogue on the state of capability, capacity and collaboration in the commercial launch industry at the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) conference in Hawaii. The January 21 panel was moderated by PJSquare CEO Peter Jackson. Participants included ILS Sales, Marketing & Communications Vice President Dawn Harms, and senior representatives from Thales Alenia Space, Space Systems/Loral, Orbital Science Corporation, Arianespace, and SpaceX.
During the panel, ILS highlighted numerous attributes that Proton offers:
•Primary heavy-lift launcher with capability to launch small satellites in tandem or via dedicated launch
•Flexible mission design with re-startable Breeze M Upper Stage for launches to LEO, MEO, HEO, GTO, GSO and SSTO
•5 meter fairing design in-process
•Collaboration with manufacturers on developing upcoming optimized mission designs


Roscosmos Management Releases Investigative Commission’s Report


January 11, 2013- Roscosmos management has reviewed and approved the report provided by the Russian working group investigating the Proton launch anomaly during the Yamal 402 mission and have provided the report to Khrunichev State Research and Space Production Center (Khrunichev).The findings on the identified most probable root cause of the anomaly and the required corrective actions will be released to ILS after the report clears Russian security during the week of January 21st.


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