EUTELSAT 65 West A leverages SSL's extensive experience and opens new
markets for Eutelsat in Brazil and Latin America
PALO ALTO, CA, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ - 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
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 of 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
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, 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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