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  • Europe goes to Mars: ESA and Roscosmos embark on a joint Martian endeavor

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 12th, 2016

    All eyes are on Europe next week as ESA and the Russian Roscosmos State Corporation are sending their joint endeavor to Mars. The mission, known as ExoMars, is awaiting its launch scheduled for Monday, March 14, from the Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Proton-M successfully lofts Eutelsat 9B communications satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 29th, 2016

    ILS has successfully conducted its first flight of 2016, sending the Eutelsat 9B communications satellite to orbit. Liftoff of the Proton-M rocket carrying the spacecraft took place at 5:20 p.m. EST (22:20 GMT) from Launch Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Proton-M rocket carrying Eutelsat 9B communications satellite set for launch from Baikonur

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 28th, 2016

    The ILS company is set to launch its Proton-M rocket on Friday, Jan. 29. The booster is being sent aloft to deliver the Eutelsat 9B communications satellite to orbit. Liftoff is scheduled to take place at 5:20 p.m. EST (22:20 GMT) from Launch Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Russian Proton-M lifts Garpun military satellite to orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 14th, 2015

    A Russian Proton-M rocket has successfully launched the Garpun 12L (meaning “harpoon” in Russian) military communications satellite into orbit on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:19 p.m. EST (00:19 GMT on Sunday, Dec. 13). Liftoff of the rocket took place from Site 81/24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • ILS launches Proton-M rocket with Türksat-4B communications satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 16th, 2015

    International Launch Services (ILS) company successfully launched on Friday, Oct. 16, a Turkish communications satellite using a Russian Proton-M booster. Liftoff took place at 4:40 p.m. EDT (20:40 GMT) from the site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Türksat-4B satellite will be put into a geostationary orbit (GEO) 50° degrees East.

  • Proton-M rocket to launch Turkish communications satellite on Friday

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 15th, 2015

    A Russian Proton-M rocket is being readied for a Friday, Oct. 16 launch, when it will loft the Turkish Türksat-4B communications satellite into orbit. Liftoff is currently scheduled to take place at 4:40 p.m. EDT (20:40 GMT) from the site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • ILS changes leadership, signs new launch contract

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 18th, 2015

    International Launch Services (ILS), a company providing launch services for global satellite operators, has lately announced change in leadership. The announcement coincides with signing a contract to launch a spacecraft for Spanish satellite operator Hispasat.

  • Proton-M rocket successfully launches Ekspress-AM8 satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 14th, 2015

    A Russian Proton-M rocket has launched with the Russian Ekspress-AM8 commsat, placing it into a planned geostationary orbit after its multi-hour flight via its DM-03 Upper Stage. This is the second successful Proton-M launch since the May 16 accident that saw the loss of the Mexsat-1 satellite.

  • Proton-M returns to flight with launch of Inmarsat 5-F3

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 28th, 2015

    A Russian Proton-M launch vehicle successfully launched the British Inmarsat 5-F3 comsat into orbit. The flawless launch took place on Friday, Aug 28, at 7:44 a.m. EDT (11:44 GMT) from Launch Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • With launch of British communications satellite, Proton-M rocket set to return to flight

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 27th, 2015

    The Russian Proton-M rocket is well on track to return to regular flights after the May 16 accident when it failed to deliver the Mexican Mexsat-1 communications satellite. On Friday, Aug. 28, the International Launch Services (ILS) company will use the booster to send the British Inmarsat 5-F3 satellite into a supersynchronous transfer orbit.

  • Third stage engine blamed for Russian Proton-M rocket crash

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 1st, 2015

    Russia’s Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, has blamed the failure of the third stage’s engine for the latest Proton-M rocket crash on May 16, 2015. The failure was characterized as being caused by a design flaw. According to current findings, the shaft in the third stage engine’s pump failed due to excessive vibration loads, just as it […]

  • ‘Old deficiency’ in engine design caused Proton-M crash, says Russian deputy PM

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 27th, 2015

    According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, the Proton-M rocket crash on May 16 was caused by a long-standing flaw in the design of the engines.

  • With Proton launches on hold, investigation underway, Russia plans to send additional ship to ISS

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 21st, 2015

    Russian Proton-M rocket launches are on hold since the latest failure of this booster that was destroyed on May 16 over East Siberia. On Monday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has asked Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to hold a special meeting with the heads of the federal space agency Roscosmos and the joint probe […]

  • MexSat-1, or Centenario, crashes in Siberia shortly after launch

    Joe LatrellMay 16th, 2015

    After 5 years of development and a few launch delays, Mexico will have to wait even longer for its new series of satellites. A failure in the third stage of the Proton-M rocket led to the spacecraft crashing into the outback of Siberia just minutes after liftoff. The satellite was to be the first in […]

  • Inmarsat-5 F-2 communications satellite successfully launches atop Proton rocket

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 1st, 2015

    BAIKONUR COSMODRONE, Kazakhstan — International Launch Services (ILS ) celebrated the first launch of 2015 with the successful lift off of a Russian Proton-M from launch pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 7:31 a.m. EST (1231 GMT). The Russian workhorse carried the Inmarsat-5 F-2 communications satellite, part of the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX ) system, into […]