The Importance of the ILS-Khrunichev Partnership:

What People are Saying 

20 Years of Success

  • “Your effort is the standard for U.S.-Russian economic cooperation and is a tremendous example for the growing commercial space market and other industries. The ILS- Khrunichev partnership also is an excellent example of globalization. In conducting almost 100 Proton launches for companies and agencies around the world, ILS and Khrunichev have facilitated economic growth and a higher standard of living for billions of people.”

    Gerald L. Gordon
    President and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
  • “I congratulate ILS and Khrunichev on this milestone in commercial space launches, and pioneering a market through this unique venture. The ILS-Khrunichev partnership remains one of the most successful ventures between Russian and American companies of its kind.”

    Mark Warner
  • “The marriage of these two entities in today’s global economy has set the standard for American-Russian space cooperation. I commend ILS and Khrunichev for its vision in providing a state-of-the-art launch service operation that is dedicated to performance, excellence and customer satisfaction.”

    Tim Kaine
    U.S. Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • “I extend my sincere congratulations to International Launch Services (ILS) of Reston, Virginia, and Khrunichev State Research and Space Production Center (Khrunichev) of Moscow, on the 20th Anniversary of the Proton vehicle’s commercial introduction to the market and comprehensive launch services offered in this successful U.S.-Russia venture. This anniversary marks a great milestone in the continued partnership between the United States and Russia in offering launch services to the commercial satellite and telecommunications industry.”

    Robert McDonnell
    Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • “I appreciate the significant contributions ILS and Khrunichev have made significant to the local economy, the global economy and the space industry by providing timely and reliable access to space.”

    Gerald E. Connolly
    Congressman, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • “The development of the commercial Proton launch vehicle was a historic step in the economic relationship between the United States and Russia, and it has continually set the standard for Russian-American space cooperation”

    Janet Howell
    Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • “ILS and Khrunichev have made significant contributions to the global economy and space industry by providing timely and reliable access to space. The ILS-Khrunichev partnership has enabled companies around the world to deploy new and innovative technologies in telecommunications. Today the ILS-Khrunichev partnership has yielded contracts for nearly 100 successful commercial Proton launches worth over $7.5 billion.”

    Barry DuVal
    President and CEO, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • “We congratulate ILS and Khrunichev on this milestone in commercial space launches and pioneering a market through this unique venture. The ILS-Khrunichev partnership remains one of the most successful ventures between Russian and American companies of its kind. We hope to see this business continue to grow and further benefit the commercial space market in Virginia and worldwide.”

    Kenneth R. Plum
    Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates
  • “The partnership between ILS and Khrunichev has been an important one, not only for Intelsat, but for the entire satellite community. With U.S.-based customer support and engineering teams, state-of-the-art launch facilities and the advanced Proton rocket, ILS and Khrunichev have played a vital role in our industry’s success.”

    Dave McGlade
    Chairman and CEO, Intelsat
  • “The strategic partnership between ILS and Khrunichev successfully launched ViaSat-1, the world’s highest capacity satellite, in 2011… We offer our sincerest congratulations and best wishes for continued success in the industry.”

    Mark Dankberg
    Chairman and CEO, ViaSat
  •  ”The trust we placed in the newly developed ILS and Khrunichev partnership was great. In fact our very business depended on successful launches. All three missions were carried out in five months, successfully, and Sirius Satellite radio was born… I am pleased to say that the ILS-Khrunichev partnership is still an important part of our history.”

    Robert Briskman
    Technical Executive, Sirius XM Radio
  • “The ILS-Khrunichev partnership has proven to be a success story in the industry. EchoStar has relied upon the ILS and Khrunichev team for the launch of 5 satellites over the past 15 years and has been pleased with their continued commitment to mission success.”

    Anders Johnson
    President, EchoStar Satellite Services
  • “Since its first launch of a DIRECTV satellite in 2002, ILS together with Khrunichev have played an important role in the vital expansion of DIRECTV’s video services to millions of customers across America. We believe that the venture between ILS and Khrunichev has helped establish our leadership in the delivery of HD services.”

    Philip J. Goswitz
    Senior Vice President, DIRECTV
  • “Telesat has worked side by side with ILS and Khrunichev on 9 Proton launches. Their landmark collaboration has supported the wide-spread success of Telesat enabling us to meet the expanding needs of our customers. We congratulate everyone at ILS and Khrunichev on 20 years together and offer well wishes for a successful future.”

    Dan Goldberg
    CEO, Telesat
  • “Hispasat would like to congratulate ILS and Khrunichev on their 20th anniversary. Having launched Amazonas-1 on Proton in 2004 we believe the venture to be a successful one. ILS and Khrunichev have continued to implement upgrades to their facilities and vehicle, making efforts to accommodate the needs of not only Hispasat but the entire satellite community. We wish them continued successes for the future.”

    Carlos Espinos
    CEO, Hispasat