International Launch Services (ILS) launched a Lockheed Martin Atlas V booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 13 May, carrying the Hellas-Sat communications satellite for the eponymous Greek-Cypriot consortium.

The Astrium-built craft reached geosynchronous transfer orbit 31min later. It was the second launch of the Atlas V, developed under the US Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle programme.

The ILS launch of a Proton K/Breeze M booster from Baikonur on 20 May carrying the AMC-9 communications satellite has been delayed again to allow further inspection of the Breeze upper stage. The booster launch will now take place in June.


Source: Flight International