XTAR Service Area Now Includes the Americas, Atlantic Ocean Region and Expanded Coverage in Europe and the Middle East
(ROCKVILLE, MD - April 24, 2006) XTAR, LLC, a joint venture between Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ: LORL) and HISDESAT, today announced that the second component of its X-band satellite network, XTAR-LANT, has completed in-orbit testing and has entered full commercial service. XTAR-LANT joins the XTAR-EUR satellite that entered service in April 2005.
"With the beginning of service on XTAR-LANT, XTAR can now offer X-band services in North America for homeland security applications and one-hop connectivity to Europe and the Middle East," said Denis Curtin, chief operating officer, XTAR. "The satellite's payload is extremely flexible. It covers a large geographic area with its two global beams and has three spot beams that can be relocated within the satellite's coverage area. This flexibility, added to XTAR-EUR's coverage in Asia, adds tremendous capabilities for government and military users across most of the globe."
Stationed at 30 degrees West longitude, XTAR-LANT carries eight 100W wide-band X-band transponders in both right- and left-hand circular polarization. This payload enables greater flexibility and enhanced capabilities utilizing legacy X-band equipment. The satellite is a 1300-class model built by Space Systems/Loral, Palo Alto, Calif, and has a specified service life of 15 years.
XTAR-LANT's coverage area encompasses a region extending from Denver in the United States to the South American and African continents and across the Atlantic to the Middle East. Combined with XTAR-EUR's coverage, XTAR can provide X-band capacity from Denver east to Singapore. XTAR-LANT's steerable spot beams that can be positioned anywhere within the satellite's footprint and is designed to be compatible with existing X-band terminals, including dishes under 2.4 meters.