ILS Proton Successfully Launches EUTELSAT 3D for Eutelsat

  ILS Proton Successfully Launches EUTELSAT 3D for Eutelsat

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BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan -- May 14, 2013

International Launch Services (ILS) successfully placed the EUTELSAT 3D
satellite into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), today, for Eutelsat
Communications of Paris, France. With this mission, ILS, a leader in providing
mission integration and launch services to the global commercial satellite
industry, completed its 80^th Proton launch overall and 3^rd Proton launch in
2013.

ILS Proton successfully launched the Eutelsat 3D satellite from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhsta ...

ILS Proton successfully launched the Eutelsat 3D satellite from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on May 15, 2013. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Proton Breeze M vehicle carrying EUTELSAT 3D launched from Pad 39 at the
Baikonur Cosmodrome, today, at 22:02 local time(16:02GMT and 12:02 EDT).The
satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space on the reliable Spacebus 4000 platform
and weighing nearly 5.5 metric tons at liftoff, was released 9 hours and 13
minutes after a standard 5-burn Breeze M mission. This was the 7^th Eutelsat
satellite launched on a Proton and the 9^th Thales Alenia Space Satellite
launched on an ILS Proton.

EUTELSAT 3D will initially be located at 3 degrees east longitude, until the
launch of EUTELSAT 3B in 2014, at which time it will continue its service at 7
degrees east longitude. From its orbital locations, the satellite will provide
resources, reach and flexibility to address the high-growth rate in the video,
data, telecom, and broadband markets. This Ku and Ka-band satellite will serve
customers across Europe, Africa, the Middle East andCentral Asia.

Since its maiden flight in 1965, this was the 386^th aggregate launch for the
Proton vehicle, including both Federal and commercial missions. The Proton
Breeze M vehicle is developed and built by Khrunichev Research and Production
Space Center of Moscow, Russia’s premier space industry manufacturer and
majority shareholder in ILS.

ILS President Phil Slack stated, “The Proton vehicle and Eutelsat partnership
dates back 13 years starting with the SESAT-1 launch on Proton in 2000. After
seven launches, including the 50^th ILS Proton launch in 2009 with the
EUTELSAT 10A satellite, we are honored that Eutelsat continues to place their
trust in us to enable the expansion of their business. Many thanks to the
Eutelsat, Thales Alenia Space, Khrunichev and ILS teams for ensuring mission
success with the launch of EUTELSAT 3D.”

Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, “We thank ILS and Khrunichev for this flawless
launch which maintains our perfect track record of success since our first
Proton flight in 2000. I’m happy to say that EUTELSAT 3D is well on its way to
3° East, where it will go into service next month. The performance of the
Proton launcher gives us the flexibility we need to further increase our
resources and commercial flexibility which is highly valued in our business.”

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,
visit www.khrunichev.com.

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