Plesetsk to Host Friday Launch of ESA's Swarm Magnetic Field Monitoring Mission

A tailor-made dispenser aboard the Briz-KM upper stage will deliver all three Swarm satellites into orbit simultaneously. Image Credit: ESA

After many delays, the European Space Agency (ESA) is ready to launch its long-awaited Swarm mission into orbit at 4:02 p.m. Moscow Time (12:02 p.m. GMT) Friday, 22 November. The projected four-year mission […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]