February 11th, 2010
ILS + SES A Sat Pairing
SES-3 is intended to replace existing spacecraft over the Americas. The mission for the launch of SES-3 with Proton will be to insert the three-ton satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. This agreement for the shared launch of SES-3 further demos Proton’s capability to launch multiple spacecraft. In February of last year, Proton successfully launched the dual Express satellite mission with the Express-AM44 and Express MD1 satellites.
The Proton vehicle is Russia’s premier heavy lift launcher and is built by Khrunichev, the majority owner of ILS. Proton has a long heritage with more than 350 launches performed since its maiden flight in 1965.