Author Topic: ILS Marks First Year as Independent Company with $1.5 Billion in New Proton Business  (Read 917 times)

Offline Chris Bergin



    MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 8, 2008--International Launch
Services (ILS) brought in $1.5 billion in new launch orders in 2007,
its first year as an independent company marketing the Proton Breeze M
vehicle.

    This total represents contracts for 17 launches on Proton,
Russia's premier heavy-lift launcher, through 2013. ILS has exclusive
rights to market the Proton vehicle worldwide to commercial satellite
operators. Khrunichev Space Center of Moscow, one of the cornerstones
of the Russian space industry, manufactures the Proton and is in a
partnership with ILS.

    "This was a good start in 2007," said ILS President Frank McKenna.
"We set a focus on performance in all aspects. We work hard to earn
the confidence of not only existing customers, but also of new
entrants who are entrusting the launch of their businesses to us.

    "We also introduced our Enhanced Proton, with excellent results,"
McKenna said. "With a lift capability of greater than 6 metric tons,
the Enhanced Proton is robust enough for the larger, more complex
satellites our customers are building for such new services as HDTV
and mobile entertainment." The Proton launches from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

    The new orders include the following, resulting in a total ILS
backlog of 22 firm missions:

    --  A fifth-generation Arabsat satellite - 5A or 5B;

    --  Ciel 2, contracted through SES AMERICOM for Ciel Satellite
        Group;

    --  CMBStar for EchoStar;

    --  Another mission for EchoStar;

    --  One Eutelsat "W" mission;

    --  Inmarsat 4F3;

    --  Nimiq 5 for Telesat;

    --  MSV-1 for Mobile Satellite Ventures and option for MSV-2;

    --  ProtoStar II;

    --  YahSat 1A or 1B;

    --  Two launches for two unnamed customers; and

    --  A five-launch agreement with SES, which is the largest single
        contract to date for ILS.

    ILS launched three satellites successfully in 2007 - Anik F3 for
Telesat on April 9; DIRECTV 10 on July 7; and SIRIUS-4 for SES SIRIUS
on Nov. 18. ILS also suffered a loss with the failure of the JCSAT-11
Sept. 6. Khrunichev traced the problem to a damaged wiring harness.
Proton returned to flight successfully in October with a federal
mission, then again in November for ILS, and two more times in
December for the Russian government - four Proton launches in two
months!

    "Proton launches will continue at tempo of about one a month for
2008 and into 2009," McKenna said. "To facilitate that, a new
satellite processing area is being built this year to enable
overlapping ILS campaigns. Additionally, ILS is the only commercial
launch operator with access to two launch pads."

    ILS By the Numbers:

    --  Established as an independent company in October 2006

    --  Backlog of 22 orders totaling nearly $2 billion

    --  Proton is the only commercial vehicle with two launch pads

    --  43 commercial ILS missions flown in 11 years

    --  331 total Proton flights over 42 years

    ILS is a joint venture of Space Transport Inc., Khrunichev Space
Center of Moscow and RSC Energia of Moscow.

    Khrunichev Space Center, which was created from the merger of the
Khrunichev Machine-building Plant and the Salyut Design Bureau 14
years ago, has become a pillar of Russia's space industry. Khrunichev
has its headquarters in Moscow, and includes among its branches a
number of key manufacturers of launch vehicle and spacecraft
components in Moscow and in other cities of the Russian Federation.

    ILS is incorporated in Delaware in the United States, and is
headquartered in McLean, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.

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ILS seems to have celebrated its birthday by removing all of the high resolution Proton photos from its web site http://www.ils-launch.com  

My kids don't believe me when I tell them that the Internet used to provide access to high quality information.

 - Ed Kyle

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