Washington, D.C., USA, March 10, 2014 – International Launch Services (ILS) and JSC Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems (ISS Reshetnev) signed an agreement today to collaborate on opportunities to launch two spacecraft utilizing a dedicated ILS Proton launch vehicle.
The agreement, signed by ILS President, Phil Slack and ISS Reshetnev General Director, Nikolay Testoyedov, states that both companies will mutually cooperate on identifying spacecraft that can be dual launched in a stacked configuration—with the lower spacecraft supporting the upper spacecraft–on the Proton launch vehicle. With this agreement, ILS would identify non-Russian spacecraft that could be paired with ISS Reshetnev-built spacecraft and together, the companies would assess the technical feasibility.
ILS and ISS Reshetnev officials will meet on a regular basis to evaluate the commercial environment and any mutually beneficial joint initiatives that would serve the global satellite industry.
Phil Slack said, “This agreement puts in place a solid foundation for our cooperation with ISS Reshetnev—one of the most prolific spacecraft manufacturers—in meeting the commercial demand for a cost effective solution to launching lighter spacecraft. This is an innovative approach that will certainly be of great benefit to our existing customers and new entrants alike.”
“Our familiarity with ILS, Khrunichev and the Proton launch vehicle creates the perfect scenario which will be advantageous for all of those involved. It will allow ISS Reshetnev satellites to be launched in a timely manner with competitive pricing for the companion spacecraft. We look forward to further collaborating with ILS and providing outstanding access to space,” said Nikolay Testoyedov.