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 […]

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 […]

24-Hour Minimum Delay for ILS Proton-M Rocket With Sirius FM-6 Digital Radio Satellite

Operational since the mid-1960s, the Proton is transported from the assembly building to the launch pad in a horizontal configuration. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

Patiently waiting for liftoff since Thursday, 17 October, when it was rolled out to Pad 39 at the Site 200 launch zone of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Proton-M booster must […]

Sirius Rising: Proton-M Ready to Launch Digital Radio Satellite Into Orbit

The Sirius FM-6 satellite, scheduled for launch on 20/21 October from Baikonur atop a Proton-M rocket, will deliver satellite radio services across the contiguous United States. Image Credit: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)

International Launch Services (ILS)—a joint U.S.-Russian company, headquartered in Reston, Va.—is ready to fly its second Proton-M mission in three weeks, with a […]

ILS Regains Confidence in Proton-M Booster as Long-Delayed Sirius FM-6 Launch Nears

The Sirius FM-6 satellite, scheduled for launch on 20/21 October from Baikonur atop a Proton-M rocket, will deliver satellite radio services across the contiguous United States. Image Credit: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)

Only days after the spectacular 29 September return to flight of the troubled Proton-M booster, International Launch Services (ILS) is gearing up for […]