International Launch Services (ILS) and Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services have agreed to a future launch of an Inmarsat satellite on board an ILS Proton from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The Proton launch vehicle is Russia’s mainstay heavy-lift launcher and is built by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (Khrunichev), the majority owner of ILS and one of the mainstays of the Russian space industry. The Proton vehicle is in its 51st year of service and has conducted over 400 missions with 92 commercial satellites launched under the auspices of ILS.
The ILS Proton was the selected launcher to deploy Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Network. The three initial satellites (Inmarsat-5 F1, Imarsat-5 F2 and Inmarsat-5 F3) together form the first globally available high-speed mobile broadband network, delivered through a single provider. Global Xpress serves the advanced mobility needs of Inmarsat’s existing customers on land, at sea and in the air. The most recent launch in the series, Inmarsat-5 F3, was launched by ILS Proton on August 29, 2015. All three satellites were successfully launched into Super-Synchronous Transfer Orbits (SSTO), maximizing their operational lifetime.
Kirk Pysher, President of ILS said, “We are honored to be considered by Inmarsat as the launch services provider for one of their future missions. We thank Inmarsat for their continued trust and support in Proton over 20 years and look forward to supporting the next mission and launch and providing Inmarsat with timely access to space.”
Source: International Launch Services
Date: Mar 7, 2016