Intelsat 34 marks the 50th SSL-built satellite for Intelsat
PALO ALTO, CA, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it has been selected to provide a communications
satellite to Intelsat S.A., the world's leading provider of satellite services. With expansive
coverage of the Western hemisphere Intelsat 34 is the 50th satellite SSL will provide to Intelsat.
"Our four decade history with Intelsat goes back to some of the earliest
commercial satellites ever built," said John Celli, president of SSL. "Over the years we have developed a highly
effective process of working together and an excellent spirit of
collaboration. I would like to thank Intelsat for its continued
confidence in SSL as a responsive supplier that makes a commitment with
every contract to provide the best possible quality and value."
Intelsat 34 will serve the role originally intended for Intelsat 27.
This includes providing capacity to meet the growing needs of Latin
American media customers, as well as broadband for aeronautical
companies serving the busy North Atlantic routes.
Scheduled for launch in 2015, Intelsat 34 will replace Intelsat 805 and
Galaxy 11 at 304.5 degrees East longitude. Intelsat 34 is designed to
deliver service for 15 years or longer.
"SSL has delivered to Intelsat some of the world's most reliable and
advanced satellites, enabling our customers to expand their businesses
and reach new frontiers," said Thierry Guillemin, EVP and CTO of Intelsat. "This 50th spacecraft is an important milestone for Intelsat and SSL, and we look
forward to another successful program."
Intelsat 34 is based on the SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which has the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and
technology advances, including electric propulsion. SSL's heritage
electric propulsion system, the SPT-100, significantly reduces the
propellant mass needed to operate a satellite. This enables more
payload mass to be launched on the same size launch vehicle or reduced
launch mass, which allows for lower price launch solutions.
SSL first used electric propulsion on a geostationary communications
satellite in 2004. Intelsat 34 will be the 24th satellite constructed by SSL that includes electric propulsion. With
more than 25,000 hours of on orbit operation, all SPT-100 subsystems
launched are operating nominally.
Intelsat (NYSE: I) is the leading provider of satellite services
worldwide. For almost 50 years, Intelsat has been delivering
information and entertainment for many of the world's leading media and
network companies, multinational corporations, Internet Service
Providers and governmental agencies. Intelsat's satellite, teleport and
fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard
for transmissions of video, data and voice services. From the
globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion
of cellular networks and broadband access, with Intelsat, advanced
communications anywhere in the world are closer, by far.
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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