PALO ALTO, CA, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites,
today announced that the Satmex 8 satellite, designed and built for Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (Satmex), was launched yesterday and is successfully performing
post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its
solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS) from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan. The satellite will
begin firing its main thruster later today in order to start
maneuvering into geosynchronous orbit.
"SSL shares Satmex's focus on quality service and the use of satellite
communications for an interconnected world," said John Celli, president of SSL. "We are pleased to see Satmex 8 performing on orbit
where it joins Satmex 6, also built by SSL, which continues to provide
reliable service over the Americas."
Satmex 8 is a Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) spacecraft that will
provide video content and distribution, broadband services, and
cellular backhaul in North, South and Central America. It will also
help people in remote areas with services for telemedicine, distance
learning, and emergency communications. When the satellite completes
in-orbit testing, it will replace Satmex 5 at 116.8 degrees West
"SSL has been an important contributor to our fleet expansion," said
Jesus Gutierrez, program manager and director of engineering of Satmex.
"We would like to thank everyone at SSL, ILS, and Satmex who dedicated
their time to this satellite and made this launch a success."
Satmex 8 is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which provides the flexibility to support a broad range of
applications and technology advances. The satellite is designed to
deliver service for 15 years or more. With this launch, there are 72
SSL-built satellites currently on orbit.
Satélites Mexicanos ("Satmex") is a significant provider of fixed
satellite services ("FSS") in the Americas, coverage of more than 90%
of the population of the region. As one of only two privately-managed
FSS providers based in Latin America, Satmex (together with its
predecessors) has designed, procured, launched and operated three
generations of satellites over a 25 year period. Satmex's current fleet
is comprised of three satellites in highly attractive, contiguous
orbital slots that enable its customers to effectively serve their
entire coverage footprint utilizing a single satellite connection.
For further information, visit www.satmex.com.
SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable
satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government
customers around the world. As a 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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operational solutions to commercial and government organizations
MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat
business potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant
amount of advanced technology development.
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