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SES Signs For Five ILS Protons Through 2013

The production line approach to commercial rocketary.
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 18, 2007
International Launch Services (ILS) and SES Satellite Leasing announced a contract today that calls for the launch of five SES satellites on Proton Breeze M vehicles through 2013. Financial details were not disclosed.

With five firm orders, this is the largest single Proton launch services contract. ILS has been marketing the Russian Proton Breeze M vehicle to commercial satellite operators since 1993, and has carried out 40 launches. The Proton vehicle, built by ILS partner Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, is Russia's premier heavy-lift launcher.

The Proton flights will be available to SES' operating companies: SES Americom, SES Astra, SES New Skies and SES Sirius. The first mission is expected to be in 2009.

"The real value in this unique multibuy contract is the flexibility it offers SES, in terms of matching payloads and launch periods," said Frank McKenna, ILS president.

"We're proud to continue our long-standing partnership with SES," McKenna said. "Our relationship goes back to the very beginning of ILS. SES was the customer for the first commercial launch on Proton back in 1996, and ILS has launched at least one satellite a year for SES operating companies ever since. In 2007, we have scheduled launches for SES Americom and SES Sirius."

Romain Bausch, SES president and CEO, said: "We are confident that with this innovative agreement in place, the continuous development and replacement of our global satellite fleet is ensured at attractive terms and conditions for the foreseeable future, providing SES with an additional competitive edge. International Launch Services and SES have a long history together and we look forward to continuing our successful collaboration on Proton launches."

Over more than 40 years of service, the Proton has launched more than 325 times. Recent product enhancements enable Proton Breeze M to lift more than 6 metric tons to geosynchronous orbit from its launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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ILS Wins Arabsat-5A Contract To Launch On Proton Breeze M
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 18, 2007
International Launch Services (ILS) announced today it has been selected to launch a satellite for Arabsat. ILS will launch the satellite, either Arabsat-5A or BADR-5, in the 2009-2010 timeframe on a Proton Breeze M vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. ILS partner Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center builds the Proton in Russia.

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