SSL selected to provide multi-mission satellite to Eutelsat

Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a multi-mission satellite to Eutelsat, one of the world's leading satellite operators.  Leveraging SSL's long-term experience with high throughput payloads and satellites that serve multiple missions, the satellite will open new markets for Eutelsat for broadcast and broadband services in Brazil and across Latin America.

"Both Eutelsat and SSL have a mission to broaden the world's ability to communicate through satellite," said John Celli, president of SSL. "This is a complex, flexible and powerful satellite that we are providing to Eutelsat, and we are very glad to have the opportunity to work together."

The satellite, to be known as EUTELSAT 65 West A will provide approximately 16-kW of power at end of life. It will be equipped with 10 C-band and up to 24 Ku-band transponders for video services in addition to 24 Ka-band spot beams for broadband connectivity in key regions.  It will be located at 65 degrees west longitude.

"We look forward to working with SSL on this sophisticated satellite program that will bring Eutelsat expanded and highly flexible communications capability to respond to opportunities in Brazil and across Latin America that represent some of the fastest-growing regions in the satellite industry," said Michel de Rosen, chief executive officer of Eutelsat.

EUTELSAT 65 West A is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 satellite platform that provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances.  Scheduled for launch in early 2016, the satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.

Source: Space Systems/Loral
Date: Jul 31, 2013