DIRECTV’s latest satellite was launched into orbit by ILS this year. ILS is a U.S. based company with exclusive rights for worldwide commercial sales and mission management of satellite launches on Russia’s premier vehicle, the Proton.
ILS is an American company headquartered in Reston, Va. Its majority shareholder is Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center of Moscow. The Proton vehicle launches both commercial ILS missions and Russian government payloads from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is operated by the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) under lease from the Republic of Kazakhstan. Read the rest of this entry »