PALO ALTO, CA, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL, a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Sirius FM-6 satellite, designed and built for Sirius XM Radio, is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite
deployed its solar arrays late Friday evening, following a successful
launch from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan aboard a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle, provided by International Launch Services (ILS). Yesterday, it began the first of several thruster firings to
maneuver into geosynchronous orbit.
Sirius FM-6 is a high-power, 20-kilowatt satellite that has an X-band
uplink and an S-band downlink payload. It has a nine-meter unfurlable
reflector, built by Harris Corporation, which allows for broadcast to
cars and satellite radios for the home, office and to mobile devices.
The first three satellites built by SSL for SiriusXM were placed in a
unique near-polar orbit and have provided uninterrupted service
throughout their life. Sirius FM-6 is the third high power
geostationary (GEO) satellite built by SSL for SiriusXM.
Sirius FM-6 will help ensure continuous and reliable delivery of
SiriusXM's unparalleled audio entertainment and data services to 25.6
million subscribers across North America.
"Our close collaboration with SiriusXM over the years has resulted in
some of the world's most powerful spacecraft," said John Celli, President of SSL. "It has been an honor to work with SiriusXM, and to
contribute to the success of satellite radio, which brings popular
entertainment and important information to millions of people in their
cars, homes and businesses."
Sirius FM-6 is SSL's tenth 20-kilowatt satellite to be placed into
orbit. It is based on the SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which has a long history of reliability and provides the power and
flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology
advances. With this launch, there are 74 SSL-built satellites
currently on orbit.
About Sirius XM Radio
Sirius XM Radio Inc. is the world's largest radio broadcaster measured by revenue and has
25.6 million subscribers. SiriusXM creates and broadcasts
commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy;
news; exclusive talk and entertainment; and the most comprehensive
Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM is
available in vehicles from every major car company in the U.S. and from
retailers nationwide as well as at shop.siriusxm.com. SiriusXM programming is available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.com. SiriusXM also provides premium traffic, weather, data and information
services for subscribers in cars, trucks, RVs, boats and aircraft
through SiriusXM Traffic™, SiriusXM Travel Link, NavTraffic®,
NavWeather™, SiriusXM Aviation, SiriusXM Marine™, Sirius Marine
Weather, XMWX Aviation™, and XMWX Marine™. SiriusXM holds a minority
interest in SiriusXM Canada which has more than 2 million subscribers.
On social media, join the SiriusXM community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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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