SSL-built satellite Satmex 8 successfully performs post-launch maneuvers
PALO ALTO, CA, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading
provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Satmex 8
satellite, designed and built for Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (Satmex),
was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers
according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule
following its launch aboard a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle provided by
International Launch Services (ILS) from the Baikonur Space Center in
Kazakhstan. The satellite will begin firing its main thruster later today in
order to start maneuvering into geosynchronous orbit.
"SSL shares Satmex's focus on quality service and the use of satellite
communications for an interconnected world," said John Celli, president of
SSL. "We are pleased to see Satmex 8 performing on orbit where it joins Satmex
6, also built by SSL, which continues to provide reliable service over the
Satmex 8 is a Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) spacecraft that will provide
video content and distribution, broadband services, and cellular backhaul in
North, South and Central America. It will also help people in remote areas
with services for telemedicine, distance learning, and emergency
communications. When the satellite completes in-orbit testing, it will replace
Satmex 5 at 116.8 degrees West longitude.
"SSL has been an important contributor to our fleet expansion," said Jesus
Gutierrez, program manager and director of engineering of Satmex. "We would
like to thank everyone at SSL, ILS, and Satmex who dedicated their time to
this satellite and made this launch a success."
Satmex 8 is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which
provides the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and
technology advances. The satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years
or more. With this launch, there are 72 SSL-built satellites currently on
Satélites Mexicanos ("Satmex") is a significant provider of fixed satellite
services ("FSS") in the Americas, coverage of more than 90% of the population
of the region. As one of only two privately-managed FSS providers based in
Latin America, Satmex (together with its predecessors) has designed, procured,
launched and operated three generations of satellites over a 25 year period.
Satmex's current fleet is comprised of three satellites in highly attractive,
contiguous orbital slots that enable its customers to effectively serve their
entire coverage footprint utilizing a single satellite connection.
For further information, visit www.satmex.com.
SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable satellites
and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the
world. As a 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. For more information, visit
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