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 […]

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 Flies With Mexico's Satmex-8 Satellite—UPDATE

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

Hearts really were in mouths tonight, as a 191-foot-tall Proton-M booster roared aloft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying Mexico’s Satmex-8 telecommunications satellite into geostationary orbit, more than 22,000 miles above Earth. Built by the Khrunichev Research and State […]

A Weak Briz: Engine Shortfall Likely Caused Satellite Losses

The Proton-M thunders into the darkened Baikonur sky on Monday evening, beginning what should have been a nine-hour journey to geosynchronous orbit for Telkom-3 and Ekspress-MD2. Despite the satisfactory performance of the rocket itself, the Briz-M upper stage apparently malfunctioned and has left both satellites stranded in useless orbits. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

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