ILS to Perform 5 Proton-M Commercial Launches This Year
The order portfolio of the International Launch Services (ILS) for commercial launches of foreign spacecraft using Russia’s Proton-M carrier rocket has been completed for two years ahead. This information was furnished by a source in the United Rocket and Space Corporation on Friday.
“The ILS order portfolio has been worked out until 2017, the cost is a commercial secret,” the company’s press service said without specifying the number of contracted launches.
The press center also said that five commercial launches were planned for 2015. The first of them is scheduled for the first quarter of the year. According to previous reports, the Inmarsat-5 F2 satellite would be orbited.
The Proton launch vehicles are designed and built by the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center. Khrunichev holds the controlling stake in the International Launch Services.