PALO ALTO, CA, July 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to integrate the flight hardware for a new capability designed to carry
small science and technology missions to space on its geostationary
(GEO) satellite platform.
SSL plans to support completing the design and integration of the first
Payload Orbital Delivery system (PODs) accommodation on the SSL 1300 platform - which would enable affordable delivery of small free-flying
spacecraft beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for future servicing,
operational, science and technology space missions.
"The innovative PODs platform is paving the way for more affordable,
frequent and sustainable access to space," said John Celli, president of SSL. "DARPA's vision and commitment to this capability
could open the door to many other small satellite and in-orbit
servicing missions, enabled by frequent access to space on the SSL 1300
and other GEO based platforms."
SSL regularly works with a broad range of commercial satellite operators
and has experience putting small government payloads and missions onto
commercial spacecraft in order to reduce costs for both parties. SSL
intends to work with both its commercial customers and Government
agencies to facilitate this type of arrangement for the first
implementation of the PODs platform and for other future missions.
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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, and Earth observation. Billions of people
around the world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more
information, visit www.sslmda.com.
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