PALO ALTO, Calif. – July 30, 2013 — Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a multi-mission satellite to Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators. Leveraging SSL’s long-term experience with high-throughput payloads and satellites that serve multiple missions, the satellite will open new markets for Eutelsat for broadcast and broadband services in Brazil and across Latin America.
“Both Eutelsat and SSL have a mission to broaden the world’s ability to communicate through satellite,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “This is a complex, flexible, and powerful satellite that we are providing to Eutelsat, and we are very glad to have the opportunity to work together.”
The satellite, to be known as EUTELSAT 65 West A, will provide approximately 16 kW of power at end of life. It will be equipped with 10 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders for video services in addition to 24 Ka-band spot beams for broadband connectivity in key regions. It will be located at 65 degrees west longitude.
“We look forward to working with SSL on this sophisticated satellite program that will bring Eutelsat expanded and highly flexible communications capability to respond to opportunities in Brazil and across Latin America that represent some of the fastest-growing regions in the satellite industry,” said Michel de Rosen, chief executive officer of Eutelsat.
EUTELSAT 65 West A is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 satellite platform that provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances. Scheduled for launch in early 2016, the satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.
About Eutelsat Communications
With capacity commercialised on 31 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading satellite operators. As of 31 March 2013, Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting more than 4,600 television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group’s satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution, corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial, technical and operational professionals from 30 countries. www.eutelsat.com
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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