Palo Alto, Calif. – September 15, 2011 — Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), the world's leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the high throughput broadband satellite that it built for ViaSat Inc., arrived today at the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). The all Ka-band satellite uses multiple spot beams and frequency reuse to maximize capacity for broadband service in North America.
"Space System/Loral is the leader in putting broadband capacity in space and we have been building Ka-band satellites since the 1970s," said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. "ViaSat-1 has been a complex and challenging project and we share ViaSat's excitement at the upcoming launch."
ViaSat-1 represents the next generation of broadband satellites. It is expected to dramatically increase the amount of capacity available to serve more customers with faster data rates and higher data volume for a better broadband experience.
"The ViaSat-1 system, which includes the gateways and user terminals in addition to the satellite, is going to change the way people think about satellite broadband," said Mark Dankberg, chief executive officer of ViaSat. "Now, with the satellite at launch base, we are very close to seeing our vision become a reality."
When launched, ViaSat-1, which will be positioned at 115.1 degrees West longitude, is expected to provide more than 100 gigabits per second throughput, mostly for use in the West Coast of the U.S. and east of the Texas panhandle. The satellite has 72 spot beams, with 63 in the U.S. and nine over Canada.
ViaSat-1 is based on SS/L's highly reliable 1300 platform, which has the scale to support the large amount of spot beams, equipment and thermal dissipation required by high throughput satellites. It is designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.
ViaSat delivers fast, secure communications, Internet, and remote network access to fixed sites or on-the-move. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies and products to the U.S. and allied governments; is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services; and owns the WildBlue Ka-band satellite broadband service. Based in Carlsbad, Calif., ViaSat has established a number of worldwide locations for customer service, network operations, and technology development.
About Space Systems/Loral
Space Systems/Loral, a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ: LORL), 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.
About Loral Space & Communications
Loral Space & Communications is a satellite communications company. Through its Space Systems/Loral subsidiary, the company is a world-class leader in the design and manufacture of satellites and satellite systems for commercial and government applications including direct-to-home television, broadband communications, wireless telephony, weather monitoring, and air traffic management. Loral also owns 64 percent of Telesat, one of the world’s largest providers of satellite services. Telesat operates a fleet of telecommunications satellites used to broadcast video entertainment programming, distribute direct-to-home video and broadband data services, and other value-added communications services. For more information, visit Loral’s Web site at www.loral.com. LORL-G