In collaboration with Roscosmos State Corporation, Khrunichev Center developed a three-year “Program to Maintain Proton M LV and Breeze M Upper Stage Reliability during the 2016-2018 timeframe.”
Nearly 60 activities have been implemented under this program.
A Proton-M launch vehicle was sent from Khrunichev Space Center in Moscow to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan via train on February 26.The Proton, along with a DM-03 upper stage created at RSC Energia, will be used to launch the Russian Spektr-RG spacecraft. All activities related to sending the Proton to Baikonur passed normally.
Khrunichev Space Center continues its preparations to launch the EUTELSAT 5 West B and MEV-1 spacecraft using the Proton M booster equipped with the Breeze M upper stage. The adapter system developed and manufactured at the Khrunichev Space Center will provide the interface between the upper stage and the two spacecraft. It has been returned to Khrunichev from the Northrop Grumman facility located in Dulles, VA, USA, where the fitcheck with the EUTELSAT 5 West B and MEV-1 spacecraft were recently conducted.
“Since its introduction in the fall of 2016, and following the first firm launch order for the vehicle at that time, the Proton Medium has continued to gain traction and interest in the marketplace,” said Kirk Pysher, President of ILS. “Customers continue to look for vehicles that are right-sized for new-generation missions but also provide compelling value and launch vehicle diversity.” Pysher continued, “We look forward to the upcoming launches starting next year.”
ILS, a U.S.-based leading global commercial launch services provider and UK headquartered Effective Space announce their intent to contract to deliver two of Effective Space’s SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft into orbit. The Proton Breeze M rideshare launch is planned for 2020 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.