SS/L delivers satellite to launch base for Mexican telecom operator, Satmex
PALO ALTO, CA, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Satmex 8 Arrived Safely in Kazakhstan, Will Provide Video, Data and
Government Services in the Americas
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), the world's leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Satmex 8 satellite built for Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (Satmex), has
arrived at the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, where it will be
launched aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS).
"Satmex and SS/L share a commitment to broadening the availability of
communication services," said John Celli, president of SS/L. "Satmex 8 is the second satellite we have built for
Satmex and we are looking forward to the upcoming launch."
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 and provide service for telemedicine,
distance learning, and emergency services. Satmex 8 will replace Satmex
5 at the orbital location of 116.8 degrees West longitude.
"Together with SS/L-built Satmex 6, Satmex 8 will serve as a work horse
to sustain our business plan for many years to come," said Jesus
Gutierrez, program manager and director of engineering of Satmex. "SS/L
has been excellent to work with and we are very pleased with the
Satmex 8 will carry 24 C-band and 40 Ku-band transponders. It is based
on the highly reliable SS/L 1300 platform which offers the flexibility to support a broad range of applications
and technology advances. The satellite is designed to deliver service
for 15 years or more.
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 across more than 45 nations and
territories. 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
SS/L has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft
systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As
the world's 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 SS/L satellites every
day. For more information, visit www.ssloral.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements and information,
which reflect the current view of Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) with
respect to future events and financial performance. When used in this
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a result of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Known risks and
uncertainties include but are not limited to: risks associated with
operating satellites and providing satellite services, including
satellite construction or launch delays, launch failures, in-orbit
failures or impaired satellite performance; risks associated with
satellite manufacturing, including competition, cyclicality of SS/L's
end-user markets, contractual risks, creditworthiness of customers,
performance of suppliers and management of SS/L's factory and
personnel; risk associated with financial factors such as volatility in
exchange rates, increases in interest rates, restrictions on access to
capital, and swings in global financial markets; risks associated with
domestic and foreign government regulation, including export controls
and economic sanctions; and other risks, including litigation. The
foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. The information
contained in this news release reflects SS/L's beliefs, assumptions,
intentions, plans and expectations as of the date of this news release.
Except as required by law, SS/L disclaims any obligation or undertaking
to update or revise the information herein.
SOURCE MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
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