Company brings benefits of commercial satellite affordability to solve
government mission needs
PALO ALTO, CA, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it has been selected to study the feasibility of
accommodating next-generation U.S. military weather systems on
commercial polar orbiting satellites. SSL will examine options for the
U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to lower its cost to replace the legacy Defense Meteorological
Satellite Program, through the use of alternative architectures such as
equipping commercial satellites with advanced meteorological sensors.
The six-month study contract was awarded under a broad agency
announcement issued in June 2012. SSL will study the technical
feasibility of hosting a third generation meteorological instrument on
an SSL commercial bus platform; identify commercial business
opportunities that the Air Force can leverage to achieve weather
sensing from a Highly Inclined Elliptical Orbit (HIEO); and quantify
the value proposition for performing the mission in this
"SSL can bring the benefits of a shared platform to both its commercial
and government customers," said David Anhalt, vice president, U.S. Government Solutions, SSL. "We commend the Air
Force and SMC for its leadership in looking to alternative
architectures in order to reduce costs and speed the delivery of next
As a satellite manufacturer that works with most of the world's leading
satellite operators, SSL is well-positioned to find suitable
opportunities for placing government payloads on commercial spacecraft.
SSL also has experience building dedicated HIEO satellites, which can
provide a persistent view of arctic latitudes for the next generation
The company's experience includes the first constellation of three satellites designed and built for Sirius XM Radio, which were launched into 24 hour Tundra orbits in 2000. This fleet of
HIEO satellites continues to provide service today.
Additionally, the SSL satellite platform is particularly well-suited to hosted payloads because of its size and high power capability. The company's extensive
hosted payload experience includes SES-5, a commercial telecommunications satellite, which was launched in 2012
and hosts a navigation payload for the European Union. SSL also built Intelsat-14, which hosted the first commercial Internet Router in Space (IRIS) and
was successfully launched in 2009. SSL's experience with hosted
payloads also includes Optus-C1, built for SingTel Optus, which was launched in 2003. Optus-C1
provides commercial communications services in Australia and also hosts
several milsatcom payloads for the Australian Defence Forces.
SSL has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft
systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As
the world's 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.
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uncertainties include but are not limited to: risks associated with
operating satellites and providing satellite services, including
satellite construction or launch delays, launch failures, in-orbit
failures or impaired satellite performance; risks associated with
satellite manufacturing, including competition, cyclicality of SSL's
end-user markets, contractual risks, creditworthiness of customers,
performance of suppliers and management of SSL's factory and personnel;
risk associated with financial factors such as volatility in exchange
rates, increases in interest rates, restrictions on access to capital,
and swings in global financial markets; risks associated with domestic
and foreign government regulation, including export controls and
economic sanctions; and other risks, including litigation. The
foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. The information
contained in this news release reflects SSL's beliefs, assumptions,
intentions, plans and expectations as of the date of this news release.
Except as required by law, SSL disclaims any obligation or undertaking
to update or revise the information herein.
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