Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) (NASDAQ: LORL), the world's leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the QuetzSat-1 satellite, procured by SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays early this morning, following yesterday's successful launch from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). Tomorrow, it will begin the first of several thruster firings to maneuver into geosynchronous orbit.
"On behalf of the hundreds of people who worked on the QuetzSat program, I would like to express our excitement and pride in seeing this satellite successfully launched and performing according to plan," said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. "It has been our privilege to work closely with SES over the past few years and to provide them with some of the world's most powerful satellites for advanced television services."
QuetzSat-1 is a 20-kilowatt all Ku-band communications satellite that will provide high power Direct-To-Home (DTH) services to Mexico, North America, and Central America. It is fully contracted to a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation.
"Space Systems/Loral has helped us take the next step in our global growth strategy by providing the QuetzSat-1 satellite," said Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES. "We expect this satellite to provide top quality, reliable DTH services for our customer EchoStar."
QuetzSat-1 is SS/L's sixth 20-kilowatt satellite to be placed into orbit. It is based on the 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 65 SS/L-built 1300 satellites currently on orbit.
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