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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 […]

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 […]

Proton-M Stands Ready at Baikonur for Friday Night Launch of Türksat 4A

The Proton-M and its Türksat 4A primary payload are pictured at the Mobile Service Tower, backdropped by the early glimmers of dawn at Baikonur Cosmodrome. Photo Credit: ILS

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—will stage its first mission […]

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 […]

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 […]

Proton-M Rocket Delivers Military Satellite Into Orbit for Russian Government

The Proton vehicle has staged close to 400 launches since mid-1965 and has one of the soundest track records for success of any vehicle in the world. Photo Credit: ILS/Mike Barrett

Under an unsurprising cloak of quietness, compared with earlier missions, a Proton-M booster has rocketed aloft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver […]

Proton-M Ready to Launch Raduga-1M-3 Military Communications Satellite

The Proton-M vehicle is rolled out horizontally to its launch pad. Tomorrow’s launch will be a military mission on behalf of the Russian government. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

A Russian Government Proton-M booster, together with a Briz-M upper stage, stands ready at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to launch the Raduga-1M-3 military communications satellite into orbit. […]

Dazzling Proton-M Successfully Delivers Sirius FM-6 Digital Radio Satellite to Orbit

Characterized by its six outboard fuel tanks and central oxidiser tank, the Proton-M stands ready on Pad 39 at Baikonur’s Site 200 for its launch with the Sirius FM-6 satellite. Photo Credit: ILS

A giant Proton-M booster lit up the darkened skies of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, tonight, successfully delivering the long-delayed Sirius FM-6 digital radio […]