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Tiphaine Louradour to Leave ILS International Launch Services

By Rachel Jewett | January 31, 2023

      Tiphaine Louradour

      Tiphaine Louradour, president of ILS International Launch Services (ILS), is departing the company, ILS announced Tuesday. 

      Louradour took the lead at ILS in March 2020 and has been at the helm of the company through the pandemic and geopolitical constraints due to Russia’s war in Ukraine. ILS is a U.S. company headquartered in Reston, Virginia, owned by Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center. The launcher markets services on Russia’s Proton, Angara, and Soyuz launch vehicles, and it has been affected by sanctions against Russia during the war. 

      ILS said that  Louradour “restructured the company’s business and led it through unprecedented times including recent geo-political constraints, enabling ILS to adapt quickly while ensuring its preparedness to effectively re-engage once feasible.” 

      Thomas P. Tshudy, special counsel to the ILS board of directors, will manage the corporation, ILS said.  

      “We also recognize Louradour’s personal commitment to the international space community through her participation and support of industry mentorship, diversity programs, and international speaking engagements and conferences. Her contribution to ILS and the space community has been outstanding,” ILS said in a statement.