TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - Mobile communications provider TerreStar
Networks (Canada) Inc. ("TerreStar Canada") announced today the successful
completion of in-orbit testing (IOT) for TerreStar-1, the world's largest,
most advanced commercial communications satellite.
TerreStar-1 met or exceeded all of its performance metrics. A significant
factor in TerreStar's IOT success was validating that TerreStar-1's 18 meter
2GHz S Band reflector was performing as designed. It is this very large
reflector that enables voice, data and video communications to be transmitted
to mobile devices the size of a typical smartphone.
"The completion of in-orbit testing has verified several new technologies
developed by Space Systems/Loral and our key suppliers," said John Celli,
President and Chief Operating Officer, Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). "We are
pleased to report that all of the new developments meet or exceed performance
expectations. In particular, the S-band antenna, which includes an 18-meter
reflector developed by Harris Corporation and a complex feed array developed
by SS/L, has been verified by measurements of the antenna patterns on the
ground. The reflector mesh is correctly aligned to the feed and the surface
shape is accurate."
TerreStar is now entering the Ground Based Beam Forming (GBBF) testing
phase. With GBBF, TerreStar-1 is capable of generating more than 500
simultaneous spot beams enabling the satellite's power to be directed where it
is needed the most at any point in time.
"We are proud to report the space segment of the TerreStar network is now
complete," noted Steve Nichols, EVP, TerreStar Canada. "Once the integration
with the advanced GBBF system and the all-IP core network is complete,
TerreStar, with its channel partners, will be ready to offer substantial
benefits to wireless users in Canada through its ubiquitous North American
TerreStar continues on its path to launch satellite enabled mobile
communications service based on its groundbreaking integrated satellite -
terrestrial smartphone. TerreStar Canada, and its partner, TerreStar Networks
Inc., in the United States, are poised to provide service to help solve the
critical communications and business continuity challenges faced by
government, first responders, business and rural communities anywhere in
Canada and the United States.
About TerreStar Networks (Canada) Inc.
TerreStar Networks (Canada) Inc., known as TerreStar Canada,
(www.terrestar.ca), along with TerreStar Networks Inc., is developing the next
generation of mobile services: reliable and secure satellite - terrestrial
mobile voice, data and video services dedicated to helping solve the critical
communication and business continuity challenges faced by Canadian government,
first responders, business and consumer communities.
About TerreStar Networks Inc.
TerreStar Networks (www.terrestar.com), a majority owned subsidiary of
TerreStar Corporation (NASDAQ: TSTR), plans to offer a reliable, secure and
resilient satellite terrestrial mobile broadband network that will provide
voice, data and video services dedicated to helping solve the critical
communication and business continuity challenges faced by government,
emergency responders, enterprise businesses and rural communities. TerreStar
expects to offer next generation mobile communications through a network of
partners and service providers to users who need "anywhere" coverage
throughout the United States and Canada.
For further information:
For further information: on TerreStar Canada please contact: Paul Tyler,
(416) 254-0698, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Victoria Ollers, (416) 822-2288,
email@example.com; U.S-based inquiries please contact: Kelly Adams, Director
Marketing and Communications, TerreStar Networks, Mobile: (703) 930-6449,