SS/L Completes Intelsat 19 Ahead of Schedule, Delivers Satellite to Launch Base
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) (NASDAQ: LORL), the world's leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Intelsat 19 satellite, designed and built for Intelsat S.A., the world's leading provider of satellite services, has arrived at the Sea Launch home port in Long Beach, California. The satellite will be launched aboard a Zenit-3SL rocket from Sea Launch's launch platform Odyssey at its equatorial launch site, located at 154 degrees West longitude, in the international waters of the Pacific Ocean.
"We are very pleased to deliver the 46th SS/L-built satellite for Intelsat," said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. "As industry leaders, both of our companies are committed to the highest quality service and a focus on helping broaden the world's ability to share information and communicate."
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Intelsat 19 will provide commercial satellite services to high-growth regions around the Pacific Rim, replacing Intelsat 8, which hosts one of Intelsat's premier video neighborhoods. The satellite also features beams that contribute to Intelsat's global mobility network, which when complete in early 2013, will make Intelsat the first satellite operator to offer continuous worldwide broadband coverage on a single fleet to maritime and aeronautical customers.
From its orbital location at 166 degrees East, Intelsat 19 will offer primary C-band capacity for enhanced distribution of media content to the Pacific Ocean region with connectivity via the U.S. to Europe. It will also provide Ku-band Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and network services applications for pan-global Australia.
Based on the highly reliable Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, the satellite has 34 Ku-band transponders that can be switched between four different footprints that cover Australia and the Pacific Ocean region, and 24 C-band transponders that will be connected to a high-power footprint covering Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Japan, and the western United States. The satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.
Source : Space Systems/Loral