Moving forward: The EchoStar XXI Breeze M Upper Stage was transferred to the high pressure fueling building today at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for the launch of the EchoStar XXI satellite for EchoStar this month.
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.
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.
Reston, Va., and Luxembourg, June 9, 2016 – Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, and International Launch Services (ILS) announced today that an ILS Proton Breeze M successfully launched the Intelsat 31 satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Peter Stier has been hired as Senior Director of Sales for International Launch Services (ILS). As a key member of the ILS sales team, Stier is responsible for leading the sales and business development activities of Proton and Angara launch services for customers in the Americas region.
The Proton launch vehicle and Intelsat 31 spacecraft both arrived safely via railcar at Building 92A-50 for processing in Hall 111 in preparation for the ILS Proton launch of Intelsat 31 later this month.
The Space Symposium has brought together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space since the inaugural event in 1984. With 11,000 participants, The Space Symposium has become widely known as the premier U.S. space policy and program hosting representatives from global commercial, government, civil and military programs.
The Proton Breeze M launch vehicle, manufactured by Khrunichev Space Center, successfully orbited the ExoMars mission spacecraft today. The Russian-European ExoMars-2016 mission (ExoMars) consists of the Schiaparelli, an entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, and the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO).