International Launch Services (ILS) is set to launch its Proton-M launch vehicle with the Amazonas 5 satellite on Monday. The Russian workhorse – along with its Breeze-M upper stage partner – will launch from the 81/24 site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 19:45 UTC on a launch profile that will last over nine hours.
ILS Proton-M Launch:
The Proton vehicle – which has a rich heritage of over 400 launches since 1965 – is conducting its second ILS mission since its latest standdown.
June’s successful launch with EchoStar XXI came after a one year wait when an underperformance was noted with the 2016 mission with the Intelsat-31 launch.
The rocket is built by Khrunichev Research and State Production Center, one of the pillars of the global space industry and the majority owner of ILS.
The rocket was the brain child of lead designer was Vladimir Chelomei, who designed it with the intention of creating both a powerful rocket for military payloads and a high-performance ICBM. The program was changed, and the rocket was developed exclusively for launching spacecraft.
It was first named the UR-500, but adopted the name “Proton”, which also was the name of the first three ...