BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, August 12, 2009 – International Launch Services (ILS), a world leader in providing mission and launch services to the commercial satellite industry, successfully carried the AsiaSat 5 satellite into orbit today on an ILS Proton for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) of Hong Kong. This was the fourth commercial mission of the year for ILS and the sixth successful Proton launch of 2009. From contract signing to launch, the full integration of the AsiaSat 5 mission was completed in less than six months.
Ariane 5 soars to another heavy-lift success in lofting the TerreStar-1 mobile communications satellite
July 1, 2009
The Ariane 5’s 31st consecutive mission success was another record-setting flight for this workhorse Arianespace launcher – lofting the world’s largest commercial satellite, TerreStar-1, from the Spaceport in French Guiana today.
ILS successfully launches Sirius FM-5 (Radiosat 5) radio Satellite
International Launch Services (ILS) carried Sirius XM Radio’s FM-5 satellite into orbit on an ILS Proton, ILS announced June 30. Sirius FM-5 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:10 p.m. EDT. After a 9-hour, 14-minute operation, Sirius FM-5 satellite was released into geostationary transfer orbit. The satellite is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan, and the solar arrays deployed on schedule, manufacturer Space Systems/Loral said. The satellite is scheduled to begin firing its main thruster in order to start maneuvering into geosynchronous orbit. Sirius FM-5 carries an X-band uplink and an S-band downlink payload and has technologies designed to provide at concentrated transmissions to small, advanced devices.