ILS’s Pysher on Proton rocket future and competing with SpaceX, Arianespace, Blue Origin, the day before his surprise ‘resignation’

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Either he was blindsided or he deserves an acting award.

International Launch Services (ILS) President Kirk Pysher on Oct. 9 discussed the company’s near-term prospects, the state of Proton rocket production and the competitive landscape, with acerbic digs at SpaceX, Arianespace and Blue Origin, and hopeful remarks about insurance rates for ILS launches.

Pysher was speaking at Eutelsat headquarters here just after the liftoff of the ILS Proton mission carrying Eutelsat’s 5 West B telecommunications satellite and . . .

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