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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]