SSL SELECTED TO PROVIDE HIGH-POWER COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE TO INTELSAT
PALO ALTO, Calif. – May 12, 2016 — Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a high-power communications satellite for Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone. The satellite, Intelsat 39, will provide broadband networking and video distribution services in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. It will replace the Intelsat 902 satellite, which was also built by SSL and launched in 2001.
“SSL and Intelsat have had a close working relationship for many years,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “Intelsat 902 was part of a series of seven satellites that introduced new capabilities, which became a standard for future versions of the 1300 platform. Now, we look forward to collaborating on next-generation advances for Intelsat 39.”
Intelsat 39 will have both C-band and Ku-band transponders and will be located at the 62° East longitude position.
“Intelsat’s Globalized Network is an interoperable fleet comprised of high-throughput, spot beam and wide beam capacity, which we will continue to enhance and optimize based upon customer applications at particular orbital locations,” said Thierry Guillemin, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “Working closely with SSL on Intelsat 39, we are incorporating the right combination of beams to support a diverse array of applications for media, government, and network services customers.”
Intelsat 39 is based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, which has the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances, including electric propulsion. The satellite will use both electric and chemical propulsion for orbit raising and will be operated with all-electric propulsion on orbit.
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services, and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications, and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries, and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.
Space Systems Loral (SSL) is a leading provider of commercial satellites with broad expertise to support satellite operators and innovative space-related missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband Internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for more than 50 years, SSL’s advanced product line also includes state-of-the-art small satellites and sophisticated robotics and automation solutions for remote operations. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
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