PALO ALTO, California –March 18, 2013 – Space Systems/Loral (SSL), the world’s leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Anik G1> satellite, designed and built for Telesat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, has arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). Anik G1 is a multi-mission satellite with three different payloads. It will provide service in Canada and South America and has an X-band payload for government communications over the Americas and the Pacific Ocean.
“I would like to thank Telesat for its longstanding confidence in SSL and for their support during the Anik G1 program,” said John Celli, President of SSL. “We are pleased that Telesat’s newest satellite has safely arrived at Baikonur and is undergoing preparations for the upcoming launch.”
Anik G1 is designed to provide direct-to-home (DTH) television service in Canada, as well as broadband, voice, data, and video services in South America where economic growth has driven high demand for satellite services. It also will be the first commercial satellite with substantial X-band coverage of the Pacific including Hawaii.
“Anik G1 is an important addition to Telesat’s fleet that will support new DTH services over Canada, bring new C-band and Ku-band capacity to South America, and also offer X-band coverage over the Americas and much of the Pacific Ocean,” said Dan Goldberg, President and CEO of Telesat. “The SSL and Telesat teams have a history of successful collaboration and we both look forward to next month’s launch.”
When launched, Anik G1 will be positioned at 107.3 degrees West longitude where it will be co-located with Telesat’s Anik F1 satellite, effectively doubling both the C-band and Ku-band transponders serving South America from the 107.3 degrees West orbital location. Anik G1 is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform and is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.
Telesat is a leading global fixed satellite services operator providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 13 satellites and the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1, plus one satellite awaiting launch. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).
SSL has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As the world’s leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and mobile communications. Billions of people around the world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit www.ssloral.com.
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