ILS: Roscosmos comments notwithstanding, Proton has years left before successor is ready

by Peter B. de Selding

SINGAPORE— Commercial launch service provider International Launch Services (ILS) sought to put into perspective recent comments from the new chief of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency to the effect that the venerable Proton rocket would soon be retired.

Reston, Virginia-based ILS’s position is that the new Khrunichev-built Angara rocket was always intended to replace Proton, but that the Proton — and by extension, the new, simpler Proton Medium variant — has many years of operations still ahead of it.

Roscosmos’s new director-general . . .

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