ILS AT SATELLITE 2017 CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON D.C.

The annual SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition attracts executives across the industry for networking, conference sessions and panels, special events. More than 14,000 satellite professionals from more than 150 countries attend the conference, now in its 35th year. Below is a summary of some of the key ILS news highlighted during the conference.

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ILS ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF A 5 METER FAIRING FOR THE PROTON BREEZE M AND THE PROTON MEDIUM LAUNCH VEHICLES

WASHINGTON, D.C, March 7, 2017—International Launch Services (ILS) announces the availability of a 5 meter diameter payload fairing (PLF) for use with both the Proton Breeze M and Proton Medium launch systems for commercial launch services beginning in first quarter of 2020. The 5 meter PLF addresses the increased volume of today’s larger satellites required to satisfy High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) broadband capacity demands, stacked satellite height requirements, and supports multiple satellites for efficient deployment of large LEO constellations.

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ILS Proton Launch of EchoStar XXI Satellite Postponed

Khrunichev has informed ILS of the need to postpone the Proton Breeze M launch of the EchoStar XXI satellite previously scheduled for December 28, 2016. A new launch date has not yet been scheduled.
 
Currently the launch vehicle and satellite remain healthy and in a safe configuration at the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.  ILS will continue to keep you informed as additional information becomes available.
 

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ILS ANNOUNCES TWO MISSIONS UNDER ITS EUTELSAT MULTI-LAUNCH AGREEMENT FOR PROTON BREEZE M AND PROTON VARIANT MISSIONS

International Launch Services (ILS) announces 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.  In addition, ILS is pleased to announce the first commercial contract incorporating the use of the newly announced Proton Medium launch vehicle. Both launches are for Eutelsat Communications, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, headquartered in Paris, France.

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ILS INTRODUCES EXPANDED PROTON LINE OF COST-EFFECTIVE LAUNCH VEHICLES

International Launch Services (ILS) announces a product line extension of the Proton Breeze M commercial launch vehicle designed to expand the addressable GEO market for cost effective launch solutions in the small and medium satellite class range (3 to 5 metric tons). Designated as “Proton Variants,” these two additional vehicles will be optimized 2-stage versions of the time tested and flight proven Proton Breeze M launch system for exclusive commercial use by ILS.

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