International Launch Services (ILS) has secured the contract for the ILS Proton launch of the Yamal 601 satellite for Gazprom Space Systems (
The satellite is slated for launch in 2016.
ILS Proton will launch the satellite that weighs more than 5,700kg into geostationary transfer space and is expected to have a service lifetime of 15 years.
Yamal 601 satellite, which will succeed Yamal 202, will offer fixed communications and transmission services in C-band over
The satellite will also aim to develop business in Ku- and Ka-bands in the Russian market.
The Proton vehicle is constructed by
General designer of Gazprom Space Systems, Nikolay Sevastiyanov, said : 'We are pleased to select Proton to launch the Yamal 601 satellite, which will enable us to extend our activity in delivering services in
President of ILS,
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