Return of ILS and Proton brings stability to jittery commercial launch market

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The three launch vehicles that carry the vast majority of the world’s commercial satellites into orbit are now all back in business with International Launch Services’s successful launch of the EchoStar-21 satellite.

The June 8 launch placed the 6,900-kilogram EchoStar-21 into a transfer orbit after a more than nine-hour flight. Satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral said EchoStar 21 was healthy and sending signals.

For European Commission, two very late licensees

Assuming at least a four-month in . . .

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