We are pleased to inform our partners and potential customers that recently Land Launch successfully launched the Amos-4 spacecraft, proving again the high technical reliability of the Zenit launch vehicle and competence of the program team. We are proud that this mission, the sixth under the Land Launch program, was technically and organizationally flawless from the beginning to the end. We believe you will find that the recent mission was remarkable in several aspects.
First, we proved that the organizational and management changes introduced in the past several years were effective and enabled Land Launch to overcome the problems the program experienced in the early phases. Every single program milestone was achieved as scheduled and all customer requirements were met.
Second, we reached a new level of Zenit-3SLB technical performance which is more than 10% higher than the standard offering. With excellent insertion accuracy Amos-4 of 4260 kg was delivered to orbit. Higher LV performance was achieved by the use of more efficient DM propellant; new Unified Adapter type specially developed for Land Launch; along with flight task optimization. SIS constantly improves performance and increases allowable payload mass. For Amos-4 mission, performance improvement did not involve ILV configuration change. Further performance recovery activities may include ILV configuration though depending on customer's unique requirements. These new performance data of the Zenit-3SLB along with further performance improvement steps currently planned is available in the Land Launch Users' Guide.
Third, the contract demonstrated the capability of SIS to offer flexible financial terms to our customers. We were able to provide to Customer an innovative and very comfortable payment schedule with efficient back-loaded payments. This new low risk payment schedule proved efficient and we are planning to extend it to our future offers.
Finally, in the conduct of this mission, SIS and our customer benefited from previous SIS investments in production of long-lead hardware items, such as the RD-171M first stage main engine. As a result, the Hardware Acceptance Review milestone was reached more than three months ahead of schedule.
The success of the Amos-4 mission allows us to look to the future of the Land Launch program with great optimism. With high confidence we can offer expedient launch services as soon as 4Q 2014. We appreciate potential customer's interest in the Land Launch program and we have every confidence to accomplish customer's future launching requirements.
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