Proton ILS launch no 50ILS: 50th commercial launch a success
International Launch Services (ILS) marked the50th commercial launch overall when a Proton lifted off from Baikonur Baikonur Cosmodrome today, carrying the the W2A satellite to orbit for Eutelsat Communications of France.
The W2A spacecraft built by ThalesAleniaSpace, is a Spacebus 4000 C4 model and carried three payloads including the first S-band payload for Europe. The W2A C-band and Ku-band payloads for Eutelsat will provide Europe, Africa and the Middle East with an array of professional video and business services. Solaris Mobile is a joint venture between SES Astra and Eutelsat. The satellite, the 27th in the Eutelsat fleet, will be operated at Eutelsat's 10 degrees East location, an orbital location used by Eutelsat for over 20 years.
The Proton Breeze M vehicle is built by Khrunichev Space Center of Moscow and has a heritage of 344 missions since its inception.