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 […]

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 […]

Four Decades After It Landed on the Red Planet, Mars 3 Found

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered what could be segments of the Soviet Union’s Mars 3 spacecraft, which disappeared on the Red Planet in 1971. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On May 28, 1971, the Soviet Mars 3 spacecraft blasted off from Baikonur atop a Proton-K rocket, just nine days after its sister probe Mars […]