Satellite operator SES has extended its deal with International Launch Services (ILS) until 2014, and added a sixth ILS Proton mission.
The first launch under the initial agreement was of SES-1 on April 24. Two of the four SES missions scheduled in 2011 and 2012 for the launches of the SES-3, SES-4, QuetzSat-1 and SES-5/ASTRA 4B satellites also form part of the agreement. The remaining three MLA missions will be assigned as needed between 2012 and 2014. In addition, Proton will provide back-up launch capability for SES missions in 2011.
Separately, SES Astra has announced that it has secured an amendment of its revolving credit facility that it signed in April 2009 to 1.2bn from Â1bn and extended the maturity of the facility to April 2015.