SSL-built multi-mission satellite for Telesat begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan
Following successful April 15 launch, Anik G1 deploys solar arrays and
continues progress to geostationary orbit
PALO ALTO, CA, April 16, 2013 /CNW/ – Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced
that the Anik G1 satellite, designed and built for Telesat, one of the world’s top satellite operators, 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 tomorrow in order to start maneuvering
into geosynchronous orbit.
“I would like to thank and congratulate everyone at Telesat, ILS, and
SSL who contributed to the success of Anik G1,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “With a legacy of trust and collaboration, our
companies share a commitment to the highest quality service and the
expansion of the world’s ability to communicate.”
Anik G1 is a multi-mission satellite with three different payloads that
will provide direct-to-home (DTH) television service in Canada, as well
as broadband, voice, data, and video services in South America where
economic growth has driven high demand for satellite services. It is
also the first commercial satellite with a substantial X-band payload
for government communications over the Americas and the Pacific Ocean
including Hawaii. The satellite will be positioned at 107.3 degrees
West longitude where it will be co-located with Telesat’s Anik F1
satellite, doubling both the C-band and Ku-band transponders serving
South America from the 107.3 degrees West orbital location.
“The launch of Anik G1 reflects Telesat’s commitment to bringing the
most advanced satellite services to our customers,” said Dan Goldberg, president and CEO of Telesat. “Once in service, Anik G1 will provide
expansion capacity for DTH services over Canada, a new X-band payload
for government services, and additional C-band and Ku-band capacity for
South America, where demand continues to grow. The Anik G1 program was
a superb team effort between Telesat and SSL and we are very pleased
that the satellite is on orbit and has completed its initial
deployments according to plan.”
Anik G1 is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which has the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and
technology advances. The spacecraft is designed to deliver service for
15 years or more. With this launch, there are 73 SSL-built satellites
currently on orbit.
Telesat is a leading global fixed satellite services operator providing
reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions
worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers.
Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the
world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet will grow to 14 satellites
once Anik G1 is brought into service. The fleet today consists of 13
satellites plus the Canadian Ka-band payload on ViaSat-1. Telesat also
manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties.
Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public
Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc.
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 www.ssloral.com.
MDA is a global communications and information company providing
operational solutions to commercial and government organizations
MDA’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat
business potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant
amount of advanced technology development.
MDA’s well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,500
employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States,
Canada, and internationally.
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