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WASHINGTON, November 12. /TASS/. The International Launch Services company, which provides commercial launches of the Proton carrier rockets, is actively marketing the new Angara launch vehicle, new ILS president Kirk Pysher said in an interview with TASS.
"We are actively marketing the Angara vehicle to our global customers. ILS is currently marketing the Angara 1.2 vehicle from Plesetsk and will begin to offer the Angara 5 vehicle from the new Vostochny Cosmodrome [in the Arkhangelsk Region] in the 2025 timeframe," Pysher said.
"One of the benefits of the new Angara family of vehicles is its modular design. The vehicle is built around a common URM - Universal Rocket Module - that can be combined into specific configurations that provide the flexibility to launch a full range of mass classes to all types of orbits," he said. "The successful initial test flights of both Angara 1.2 and Angara 5 configurations were conducted in 2014."
The new Russian Angara A5 heavy-load rocket was successfully test-launched on December 23, 2014. Infographics by TASS
"Given that Proton will remain in the commercial market for at least ten additional years as one of the primary heavy-lift vehicles, it is important to note that ILS and Khrunichev are committed to the continued support and improvement of the mainstay Proton until the full transition to Angara is completed," he added.
ILS founded in 1995 is a subsidiary of the Russian Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center has exclusive rights to market Proton launch services for commercial and civil satellite programs worldwide. Pysher was appointed the company’s head in September.