Processing of Proton M ILV and EchoStar XXI spacecraft for launch is currently underway at Baikonur spaceport. The spacecraft was manufactured by SSL for the leading global satellite operator EchoStar Corporation (USA).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
International Launch Services (ILS) announces the first commercial Angara 1.2 launch contract was signed recently with Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) for the launch of the Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite (Arirang) 6 also known as the KOMPSAT-6 satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northwestern Russia around 2020.
ILS, Intelsat, Khrunichev and SSL recently celebrated the successful June 9 ILS Proton launch of the Intelsat 31 satellite. The celebration, in Washington, D.C., was marked with commemorative gifts, recognizing the respective partnerships and collective teams of professionals from each organization.
Kevin Reyes has been hired as Senior Director of Sales for International Launch Services (ILS). Reyes, a 35-year veteran of the aerospace industry, is responsible for sales and business development activities of Proton and Angara launch services for customers in the Asia-Pacific region.
The ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle successfully delivered the Intelsat 31 spacecraft to its Super Synchronous Transfer Orbit on June 9. Both ILS and Khrunichev confirm that the flight path was within requirements with a precise satellite injection orbit of 3428 x 64,964 km, inclined 29.53 degrees and within 1.1 m/s of the target, well within Interface Control Document (ICD) requirements. Telemetry data is currently being processed.