On October 16 (UTC), 2015, International Launch Services (ILS) conducted successful launch of Proton-M launch vehicle with Breeze-M upper stage carrying Turksat-4B communications satellite of Turkish operator Turksat from Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan.
This was the 4th commercial launch of Proton-M rocket (conducted by ILS) in 2015 and 6th Proton-M launch this year overall. After Turksat 4A mission conducted in February 2014, this mission has become the second launch of Turksat satellite, conducted by ILS.
Turksat 4B satellite was made by Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (МЕLCO) based on DS200 platform. Weighting 4,924kg, it will provide telecommunications and direct TV broadcasting services over a wide geographic region between west of China and east of England, spanning Turkey, as well as Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
“This is the second ILS Proton launch for Mitsubishi Electric and Turksat, following the launch of Turksat 4A in February of last year. It has been an honor to be entrusted with these important satellites and to ensure their safe delivery to orbit. The teams at Mitsubishi Electric, Turksat, Khrunichev, and ILS are to be commended for their tireless work and dedication.” Kirk Pysher, President of the International Launch Services
Turksat 4B is a multi-band satellite with an expected on-orbit maneuver lifespan of 30 years. From its position of 50° East at geostationary Earth orbit it will provide high flexibility of switchability and connectivity among different service areas to its customers.
Next Proton-M launch will be conducted in November by Roscosmos within a mission for Russian military forces. Next commercial launch of the rocket is scheduled for early 2016, when Eutelsat 9B for the European satellite operator Eutelsat is expected to be launched by ILS Proton-M.