PALO ALTO, CA, July 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it reached the milestone of 2,000 satellite years
on orbit this month. With its first satellite that provided a full year
service launched in 1966, SSL has provided more than 250 satellites to
43 different satellite operators in more than 15 countries around the
"As we meet and exceed the 2,000 satellite years on orbit milestone, I
would like to thank all of the satellite operators who have put their
faith in SSL," said John Celli, president of SSL. "Our company is privileged to work with an
extraordinary selection of the world's important satellite operators
who over the years have made a great contribution to humanity with
services for search and rescue, emergency services, distance learning,
telemedicine, and improved communications and entertainment around the
globe. We are proud of our long heritage and achievements, but it is
our customers who have made SSL the success it is today."
Satellite years on orbit are calculated by adding together every year
that a satellite built by SSL has provided service and amassing those
numbers for every satellite. The number includes GEOs, HIEOs and LEOs,
with the majority of the satellites providing service well beyond their
The oldest SSL satellite still providing service is GOES 3, which was
launched in June 1978 and still provides communications for the U.S.
Antarctic Program. While it no longer images weather conditions, it
does provide communications connectivity for approximately seven hours
a day when it is visible at the South Pole. The second longest lived
SSL satellite currently on orbit is Intelsat 701, which was launched in
1992 and has provided service for nearly twice its contracted life.
Over its 55+ year history leading to the 2,000 satellite years
milestone, SSL has been at the forefront of innovation, bringing the
latest capabilities to its customers with a strong heritage of
performance and reliability. In its early days, SSL designed, built,
and launched the world's first active repeater satellite, Courier 1B,
SSL led the industry's evolution from the commercial use of C-band to
Ku-band and then Ka-band, where SSL has become the leader in putting
broadband capacity in space. It has provided some of the world's
highest capacity broadband satellites including WildBlue-1, Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR), ViaSat-1, and EchoStar XVII.
SSL was an early supplier of high capacity direct-broadcast satellites,
beginning with the first use of a 100 Volt satellite bus on DIRECTV 6 (Tempo-2) in 1997. SSL's high power leadership is demonstrated by nine 20-kW
class spacecraft launched since 2008, starting with EchoStar XI. SSL also introduced such innovations as the first Ka-Band satellite,
ETS-II (Kiku-2) in 1977, 3-axis control and the first contiguous band
output multiplexers on Intelsat V in 1980, shaped antenna reflectors on
Superbird 1A in 1989, Ground Based Beam Forming on ICO GEO 1 in 2008, and Hall Effect electric propulsion on MBSAT in 2004.
With 2,000 satellite years on orbit and its legacy of leadership, SSL
continues to support its customers with innovation, heritage,
performance, and reliability.
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.
This news release contains forward-looking statements and information,
which reflect the current view of Space Systems/Loral (SSL) with
respect to future events and financial performance. When used in this
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"would", "could", "should", "anticipates", "estimates", "project",
"intend" or "outlook" or other variations of these words or other
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and information. Actual results may differ materially from the
expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements as
a result of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Known risks and
uncertainties include but are not limited to: risks associated with
operating satellites and providing satellite services, including
satellite construction or launch delays, launch failures, in-orbit
failures or impaired satellite performance; risks associated with
satellite manufacturing, including competition, cyclicality of SSL's
end-user markets, contractual risks, creditworthiness of customers,
performance of suppliers and management of SSL's factory and personnel;
risk associated with financial factors such as volatility in exchange
rates, increases in interest rates, restrictions on access to capital,
and swings in global financial markets; risks associated with domestic
and foreign government regulation, including export controls and
economic sanctions; and other risks, including litigation. The
foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. The information
contained in this news release reflects SSL's beliefs, assumptions,
intentions, plans and expectations as of the date of this news release.
Except as required by law, SSL disclaims any obligation or undertaking
to update or revise the information herein.
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