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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Proton-M Launch With Sirius FM-6 Satellite Delayed Until 25/26 October

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

Following considerable speculation from several media outlets, International Launch Services (ILS) has formally announced that its next Proton-M mission will take place no earlier than the night of 25/26 October. In a brief notice released on its website this […]

Processing Begins in French Guiana for Mid-December Ariane 5 Mission

The cryotechnic main stage and its French-built Vulcain-2 engine are raised to the vertical in the Launcher Integration Building (BIL) at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Launch of Flight VA-216 is scheduled for mid-December. Photo Credit: CNES/Arianespace

It has been a busy year for Arianespace—the French-led launch services organization, which […]

Dazzling Proton-M Returns to Flight With Astra 2E Communications Satellite

Less than three months after its dismal first-stage failure, International Launch Services (ILS) and its partners have triumphantly returned the Proton-M to flight. Liftoff from Baikonur occurred at 3:38 a.m. local time Monday (5:38 p.m. EDT Sunday). Photo Credit: ILS, with additional thanks to Mike Barrett

Eighty-nine days after a Khrunichev-built Proton-M booster […]

Proton-M Poised for Return to Flight Mission Sunday Night

Laden with the Astra 2E communications satellite, Russia’s giant Proton-M is rolled horizontally to Pad 39 at Site 200 at Baikonur on Thursday, 26 September. Photo Credit: ILS

Less than three months after the spectacular—though catastrophic—loss of a Proton-M booster in July, International Launch Services (ILS) is primed to return the venerable vehicle […]

Medvedev Reprimands Roscosmos Chief

Roscosmos Chief Vladimir Popovkin has been reprimanded by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Photo Credit: Ria Novosti

On August 2, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev issued an official reprimand to Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin citing incompetence.

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Proton Launch Failure Update: Culprit Found

Angular velocity sensors installed upside down may account for the July 1 Proton-M launch taking a nosedive. Photo Credit: Tsenki TV

It appears a likely culprit of the July 1 Proton-M launch failure has been discovered. In the first English-language report, Anatoly Zak of RussianSpaceWeb, relates that investigators combing through wreckage from the […]