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The Largest Proton Launch Contract Signed

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 2, 2007 12:57 pm
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(Khrunichev) – On 28 June 2007, the official contract signing ceremony for the launch of five SES satellites on Russian Proton Breeze M vehicle through 2013 took place in Brussels, Luxembourg.

The International Launch Services (ILS) and SES Satellite Leasing announced the multi-buy contract ten days earlier, on the first day of Paris Air Show, in Le Bourget. This is the largest single Proton launch services contract. The Proton flights will be available to SES’ operating companies: SES AMERICOM, SESASTRA, SES NEW SKIES and SES SIRIUS. The first mission is expected to be in 2009.

This is the second Proton launch services contract signed by ILS in the previous month. On 17 June Arabsat awarded ILS a contract to launch a fifth-generation satellite for Arabsat in the 2009-2010 timeframe.

Contracts with Arabsat and SES bring ILS mission backlog to 21 launches through 2013. In first half of 2007 ILS received 13 orders from eight customers, worth more than 1 billion in total.

International Launch Services Inc. is a joint venture between Space Transport Inc. and its Russian partners – Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and RSC Energia. Formed in 1995, ILS provides a full range of launch services on Russia’s premier launch vehicle Proton for customers worldwide. ILS has already performed 40 Proton missions and worked with all global satellite operators.

ILS has scheduled six Proton missions for 2007. The first Proton M commercial mission was successfully performed in April. The July DIRECTV 10 mission currently under way, will be the second Proton M commercial launch since the beginning of 2007. This will be followed by Proton M launch with JSAT 11. Additional information on ILS is available at: www.ilslaunch.com

SES (Euronext Paris, Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) wholly owns three market-leading satellite operators, SES ASTRA in Europe, SES AMERICOM in North America, and SES NEW SKIES, which provide global coverage and connectivity. The company also holds strategic participations in SES Sirius in Europe, Ciel in Canada and Quetzsat in Mexico. SES provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a fleet of 36 satellites in 25 orbital positions around the globe. SES was the customer for the first commercial launch on Proton back in 1996, and ILS has launched at least one satellite every year for SES operating companies since then. Additional information on SES is available at: www.ses.com

KhSC – Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center is the Moscow-based designer and manufacturer of the Proton vehicle family. With over than 90 years experience in aerospace technologies, KhSC is a pillar in Russian space industry and one of the world’s major manufacturer of space launch systems and heavy orbital modules. For more information visit www.khrunichev.ru

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