WASHINGTON, May 15 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s Proton rocket with the Briz-M upper stage will deliver into orbit another US communications satellite, the launch organiser - American corporation International Launch Services (ILS) the majority stake in which is held by Russia’s Khrunichev State Space Research and Production Centre, said earlier this week.
According to ILS, the EchoStar satellite weighing nearly 7 tonnes would be launched “in late 2015 or early 2016.” The launch is planned from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
ILS President Phil Slack recalled that less than six months ago the EchoStar 16 satellite was launched into orbit. According this month it will be 15 years since the start of cooperation with the EchoStar company.
President of EchoStar Anders Johnson for his part expressed “satisfaction with long and successful collaboration with ILS and the Russian partners from the Khrunichev Centre.” The agreement concluded with Khrunichev makes it possible to meet the deadlines necessary for the implementation of the company’s programs, Johnson said.
EchoStar Satellite Services provides advanced satellite communications solutions including video distribution, data communications, and backhaul services for media and broadcast, enterprise, US Government, & military customers. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, a leading global provider of satellite services and video delivery solutions with a fleet of 22 owned, leased, and managed satellites and 15 state-of-the-art digital broadcast facilities.
ILS is based in a suburb of Washington, D.C. - Reston (Virginia) and promotes on the international market the services of the Proton carrier rocket and the Briz-M upper stage that are designed by the Khrunichev Centre.