Interview: Kirk Pysher, president, International Launch Services

by Peter B. de Selding

International Launch Services President Kirk Pysher Credit: ILS


International Launch Services President Kirk Pysher views the engine-quality issues that have grounded Russia’s Proton rocket since June as a sign that Russia’s government and industry sector are serious about quality control. He’s hopeful of a return to flight by April or May.

For Reston, Virginia-based ILS, which is responsible for Proton’s commercial sales, the past eight months have not been easy. First there was a second-stage anomaly in June 2016 during the mission carrying Intelsat’s IS-31 telecommunications satellite.

The problem, attributed . . .

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