International Launch Services (ILS) and Eutelsat AnnounceNew Launch
RESTON, Va. & PARIS -- May 15, 2013
International Launch Services (ILS) and Eutelsat, of Paris, France, one of the
world’s leading satellite operators, announced a contract today for the launch
of a Eutelsat satellite in the 2014-2016 timeframeby ILS Proton from the
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This announcement follows the successful
Proton launch of the Eutelsat 3D satellite on May 15.
The Proton vehicle is Russia’s premier heavy-lift launcher, with a history of
386 launches since 1965. The Proton launch vehicle is built by Khrunichev
Research and Production Space Center, the majority shareholder of ILS and one
of the pillars of the space industry.
Phil Slack, president of ILS said, “With this launch, Eutelsat is relying on
performance of the Proton vehicle just as we demonstrated with yesterday’s
successful launch of the Eutelsat 3D satellite. We now have seven launches to
date for Eutelsat over our 13 year partnership. ILS and Khrunichev are looking
forward to delivering on our commitments for Eutelsat and continuing to
support their plans for growth and expansion with the launch of this mission.”
“We selected Proton because we needed both flexibility and performance and we
know ILS and Khrunichevcan provide both with the powerful Proton vehicle.
Welook forward toworking with ILS and Khrunichev once again on this future
mission,” said Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat.
About ILS and Khrunichev
ILS is a world leader in providing launch services for global satellite
operators and offers a complete array of services and support, from contract
signing through mission management and on-orbit delivery. ILS has exclusive
rights to market the Proton vehicle to commercial satellite operators
worldwide and is a U.S. company headquartered in Reston, VA., near Washington,
D.C. For more information, visit www.ilslaunch.com.
Khrunichev, which holds the majority interest in ILS, is one of the
cornerstones of the Russian space industry. Khrunichev manufactures the Proton
system and is developing the Angara launch system. The Proton launches from
facilities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and has a heritage of
more than 385 missions since 1965. Khrunichev includes, among its branches, a
number of key manufacturers of launch vehicle and spacecraft components in
Moscow and in other cities of the Russian Federation. For more information,
International Launch Services (ILS)
Karen Monaghan, Director of Communications, +1-571-633-7549
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