Intelsat 34 marks the 50(th) SSL-built satellite for Intelsat
PALO ALTO, CA, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading
provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it has been selected
to provide a communications satellite to Intelsat S.A., the world's leading
provider of satellite services. With expansive coverage of the Western
hemisphere Intelsat 34 is the 50(th) satellite SSL will provide to Intelsat.
"Our four decade history with Intelsat goes back to some of the earliest
commercial satellites ever built," said John Celli, president of SSL. "Over
the years we have developed a highly effective process of working together and
an excellent spirit of collaboration. I would like to thank Intelsat for its
continued confidence in SSL as a responsive supplier that makes a commitment
with every contract to provide the best possible quality and value."
Intelsat 34 will serve the role originally intended for Intelsat 27. This
includes providing capacity to meet the growing needs of Latin American media
customers, as well as broadband for aeronautical companies serving the busy
North Atlantic routes.
Scheduled for launch in 2015, Intelsat 34 will replace Intelsat 805 and Galaxy
11 at 304.5 degrees East longitude. Intelsat 34 is designed to deliver
service for 15 years or longer.
"SSL has delivered to Intelsat some of the world's most reliable and advanced
satellites, enabling our customers to expand their businesses and reach new
frontiers," said Thierry Guillemin, EVP and CTO of Intelsat. "This 50(th)
spacecraft is an important milestone for Intelsat and SSL, and we look forward
to another successful program."
Intelsat 34 is based on the SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which has the
flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances,
including electric propulsion. SSL's heritage electric propulsion system,
the SPT-100, significantly reduces the propellant mass needed to operate a
satellite. This enables more payload mass to be launched on the same size
launch vehicle or reduced launch mass, which allows for lower price launch
SSL first used electric propulsion on a geostationary communications satellite
in 2004. Intelsat 34 will be the 24(th) satellite constructed by SSL that
includes electric propulsion. With more than 25,000 hours of on orbit
operation, all SPT-100 subsystems launched are operating nominally.
Intelsat (NYSE: I) is the leading provider of satellite services worldwide.
For almost 50 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and
entertainment for many of the world's leading media and network companies,
multinational corporations, Internet Service Providers and governmental
agencies. Intelsat's satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched
in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video, data and
voice services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD,
to the expansion of cellular networks and broadband access, with Intelsat,
advanced communications anywhere in the world are closer, by far.
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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