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Ekspress AM4R Feared Lost Following Proton-M Third-Stage Contingency

A Proton-M vehicle is rolled out horizontally to its launch pad. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

Barely a month after it arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russia’s Ekspress AM4R communications satellite was launched tonight atop the three-stage Proton-M booster with a Briz-M upper stage. Launch occurred precisely on time at 3:42 a.m. local time [...]

EgyptSat-2 Ready to Launch Wednesday Atop Soyuz-U Booster

 

Atop its Soyuz-U booster, EgyptSat-2 is transferred to Site 31/6 at Baikonur on Monday, 14 April. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

Egypt will launch its second remote-sensing satellite into orbit tomorrow (Wednesday, 16 April) atop Russia’s Soyuz-U booster from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The EgyptSat-2 mission is currently scheduled to get underway from Site 31/6 [...]

Progress M-23M Ready for Wednesday Launch to Space Station

The Progress M-23M cargo craft is readied for launch at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

Following a comparatively brief two months docked at the International Space Station (ISS), Russia’s Progress M-22M cargo craft—also known as “Progress 54P” in ISS Program-speak—successfully separated from the orbital outpost at 9:58 a.m. EDT yesterday (Monday). It [...]

Soyuz TMA-12M Arrives at Space Station After Two-Day Extended Rendezvous

With the arrival of the Soyuz TMA-12M crew, Expedition 39 aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has expanded to six members. Seated are Swanson (left) and Commander Koichi Wakata, with flight engineers Oleg Artemyev, Aleksandr Skvortsov, Mikhail Tyurin, and Rick Mastracchio standing. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost two days later than planned, Soyuz TMA-12M and [...]

Türksat 4A Reaches Geostationary Orbit After Flawless Proton-M Launch

Last night’s Proton-M launch with Türksat 4A was the 85th mission conducted by ILS and its first major passenger for Turkey. Photo Credit: ILS, with thanks to Mike Barrett

International Launch Services (ILS)—the joint U.S.-Russian company, headquartered in Reston, Va., which operates all commercial Proton-M rockets out of Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan—has successfully delivered its [...]

Türksat 4A Ready for Rollout at Baikonur, Ahead of Friday Night Proton-M Launch

The six outboard propellant tanks, each with its own RD-276 engine, are clearly visible as the Proton-M is transferred to the fueling facility at Baikonur. Photo Credit: ILS

With three days to go, International Launch Services (ILS)—the joint U.S.-Russian company which operates all commercial Proton-M rockets out of Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan—stands ready to deliver [...]

Progress M-22M Ready for Wednesday Night Launch, as Progress M-20M Departs ISS

Encapsulated within the payload shroud of its Soyuz-U booster, Progress M-22M stands vertical at Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Monday, 3 February. Photo Credit: Roscosmos press service

Less than 24 hours since its Progress M-20M cargo craft undocked from the International Space Station (ISS), following six months in residence, Russia is ready [...]

Two More Contracts for ILS as Türksat 4A Pre-Launch Campaign Begins

Both the Türksat 4A and 4B satellites will be launched into orbit in 2014 by separate ILS Proton-M vehicles. Image Credit: Space News

With less than a month to go until its first mission of 2014, International Launch Services (ILS)—the joint U.S.-Russian company which operates all commercial Proton-M rockets out of Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan—has [...]

Proton-M Triumphantly Launches Inmarsat 5-F1 Satellite

Russia’s Proton-M booster lifts off into thick cloud on 8 December, carrying the Inmarsat 5-F1 satellite for the U.K.-headquartered International Maritime Satellite Organisation. Photo Credit: ILS/Spacevids.tv

Freezing, foggy conditions at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan did nothing to prevent Russia’s venerable Proton-M booster from successfully rocketing aloft on its seventh mission of 2013, which intends [...]

Proton-M Rolls Out to Baikonur Pad Ahead of Sunday Launch

The three-stage Proton-M booster rolls out, ahead of Sunday’s planned Inmarsat 5-F1 launch. Photo Credit: ILS

Less than a month since it successfully delivered a military communications satellite into orbit on behalf of the Russian Government, another venerable Proton-M booster stands ready at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, tracking a liftoff at 6:12 p.m. local [...]