International Launch Services (ILS) are filling up their order books with another Arabsat contract, after winning the contract to launch a fifth-generation satellite for the middle east company.
The following day – Monday – ILS and SES Satellite Leasing also announced a contract that calls for the launch of five SES satellites on Proton Breeze M vehicles through 2013.
A consortium of EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space is building the satellites and is responsible for delivering the satellites in orbit. EADS Astrium will supply the Eurostar E3000 platforms and integrate the satellites. Thales Alenia Space will design and build the communications payloads.
‘With the successful launch of Arabsat’s BADR-4 satellite on a Proton last November, ILS is again honored to be selected to provide Arabsat launch capability to fuel continued growth in this exciting region,’ said ILS President Frank McKenna.
“The real value in this unique multibuy contract is the flexibility it offers SES, in terms of matching payloads and launch periods,” added McKenna.