Echostar-21 still without date of launch

ILS, operator of Proton-M rocket was forced to postpone delivering Echostar-21 communication satellite with Proton-M rocket. Launch originally planned for 28 December 2016, still remains without final date. It is possible, that we will see Proton-M climbing over Baikonur Cosmodrome on January – but still we do not know exactly when. Manufacturer of the rocket […]

Intelsat-31 deployed !

Intelsat-31, communication satellite delivered to SSTO yesterday on atop of Proton-M, was deployed successfully by Briz-M upper stage. After five burns of S5.98 engine and 15 hours in space, Briz-M deployed Intelsat-31 on altitude of 65000 km at T+15h31′ over New Guinea. Roscosmos confirmed that satellite was deployed on correct orbit and is operating correctly; […]

ILS preparing to Proton-M/Intelsat-31 launch on 8th June 2016

International Launch Services, Russian and American joint-venture company, is getting ready for their latest mission-delivering to orbit Intelsat-31 (DLA-2) broadcasting satellite on atop of their flagship, Proton-M launch vehicle. Launch is scheduled for 8th June 2016 for 07:10 GMT from Baikonur cosmodrome, Launch Pad 24. It will be second launch of Proton-M operated by ILS […]

ExoMars started !

Today, punctually at 09:31:42 GMT, ExoMars mission started. Proton-M with Briz-M upper stage lifted off, with Schiaparelli EDM on atop, from Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site 200/39 in its second mission in 2016 and 411th in Proton launch vehicle history. Cooperation between ESA and Roscosmos reached next milestone. Today from Baikonur Cosmodrome Proton-M rocket lifted Schiaparelli Entry, […]

ILS success – Eutelsat-9B launched, EDRS became reality

Yesterday, from Baikonur Cosmodrome, on atop of Proton rocket new Eutelsat-9B satellite was launched. It is not only mission of new communication satellite – it is also beginning of independent European data relay system – EDRS. Proton rocket lifted off punctually at 22:20 GMT from launch site LC200/39 in Baikonur Cosmodrome.  After two minutes thirty […]

Garpun satellite launch already on 10th December 2015

Russian Ministry of Defense has scheduled launch of their latest communication satellite, Garpun. It is planned to utilize Proton rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Garpun satellite which will be launched on 10th December 2015 is second from series of three satellites (first was launched on 2011) designated to replace old Potok/Geizer satellites. Potok/Geizer was providing communicational […]

ILS future after Proton – Angara takes over the reins

ILS present services are based on reliable and proven Proton. But changes are on the horizon. International Launch Services was American-Russian partnership established between Lockheed Martin, Energia and Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center in 1995. It was offering launches with Proton (Khrunichev) and Atlas V (Lockheed) rockets; now it is offering full launch services […]

Complementing instead of adding – connection with Amos-5 satellite lost

Spacecom announced yesterday that Amos-5, their last satellite from Amos series, lost communication with operating center. It is bad luck – just before launching Amos-6 in January 2016 (You can read about this launch here and in general about Israeli space industry here) it seems that fleet will be under replenishment yet not development. Problems with satellite placed […]