MOSCOW, March 9. /TASS/. International provider of mobile satellite communications services Inmarsat has chosen Russian rocket carrier Proton-M for future launches of its satellite, International Launch Systems (ILS) said in a statement published on its official website on Wednesday.
"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 statement said.
"The ILS Proton was the selected launcher to deploy Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Network. The three initial satellites (Inmarsat-5 F1, Inmarsat-5 F2 and Inmarsat-5 F3) together form the first globally available high-speed mobile broadband network, delivered through a single provider," ILS added.
ILS is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, the United States. The company holds exclusive rights for marketing and commercial use of Proton-M rocket carriers and future rockets of the Angara family. The first commercial launchers of Angara rockets are planned for 2017. ILS is a subsidiary of Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center that manufactures Proton and Angara rockets.