Space Systems Loral (SSL) has been selected to provide a high power communications satellite for Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I).
The satellite, Intelsat 39, will provide broadband networking and video distribution services in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. It will replace the Intelsat 902 satellite, which was also built by SSL and launched in 2001.Intelsat 39 will have both C-band and Ku-band transponders and will be located at the 62° East longitude position.
Intelsat 39 is based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, which has the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances, including electric propulsion. The satellite will use both electric and chemical propulsion for orbit raising and will be operated with all-electric propulsion on orbit.
John Celli, president of SSL, stated that Intelsat 902 was part of series of seven satellites that introduced new capabilities, which became a standard for future versions of the SSL 1300 platform and that the company looks forward to collaborating on the next generation advances for Intelsat 39.