PALO ALTO, CA, Sept. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Optus 10 satellite, designed and built for Optus, 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 an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
The satellite will begin firing its main thruster later today in order
to start maneuvering into geosynchronous orbit.
"It has been a privilege to work with our colleagues at Optus and to see
the successful launch of Optus 10," said John Celli, president of SSL. "I would like to thank Optus for giving us the
opportunity to build this very flexible satellite. Many thanks also to
the Arianespace team and to the hundreds of engineers, technicians and
managers at SSL who were passionate about making Optus 10 a success."
Optus 10 is designed to provide high quality consumer broadcast service
and two way voice and data communications services for Australia and
New Zealand. The satellite was built with the flexibility to augment
the Optus fleet and assure the highest level of ongoing service where
it is needed the most.
"SSL has been a very capable and responsive partner in meeting our needs
for Optus 10," said Paul Sheridan, Vice President of Satellite at
Optus. "We are very pleased that the satellite is performing its
maneuvers as planned."
Optus 10 will be positioned at 164 degrees East longitude. It has 24
Ku-band transponders and is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which provides the flexibility to support a broad range of
applications and technology advances. It is designed to provide service
for 15 years or more. With this launch, there are 77 SSL-built GEO
satellites currently on orbit.
For almost 30 years, Optus has been the leader and innovator in
satellite-based communications services within Australia and New
Zealand, providing a comprehensive range of advanced satellite
services. With the largest fleet of domestic satellites in that region,
Optus delivers satellite including subscription-TV, free-to-air TV,
radio, Internet, voice, and data services.
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, 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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