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  • Easy Pickings in GEO Launch Services

    Jun 11th, 2014 by NSR

    On May 15, a Proton Breeze-M failed while launching Ekspress-AM 4R, adding to the string of failures and malfunctions affecting the rocket for several years (six since 2010). Combined with delays in Arianespace’s launch rhythm and the situation of the other launch players, the latest failure creates a unique situation in launch services: while there are too many players for the market, there is currently a scarcity of reliable and affordable GEO Launch Services.

    ILS’ backlog was already…