Satnews Daily
November 19th, 2016

A New VANTAGE For Telesat

A new satellite that will possess two high throughput payloads—one Ku and the second Ka-band—is going to be procured by Telesat.

Named Telstar 19 VANTAGE, this satellite will co-locate with Telesat’s Telstar 14R at 63 degrees West, a prime orbital slot for coverage of the Americas. Telesat expects to enter into a construction agreement for Telstar 19 VANTAGE in the coming weeks.

Artistic rendition of the TELSTAR 19 satellite.
Image is courtesy of Telesat.

Telstar 19 VANTAGE will be the second of a newgen of Telesat satellites that have been optimized to serve the types of bandwidth intensive applications that are increasingly being used across the satellite industry. Hughes Network Systems LLC (Hughes) has made a significant commitment to use the satellite’s high throughput Ka-band capacity in South America to expand their broadband satellite services. The satellite has additional high throughput Ka-band capacity over northern Canada, the Caribbean and the North Atlantic Ocean and will also provide high throughput and conventional Ku-band capacity over Brazil, the Andean region and the North Atlantic Ocean.   

According to Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s President and CEO, Telstar 19 VANTAGE will be a versatile, state-of-the-art satellite optimized to serve growing markets in the Americas from Telesat’s prime 63 degrees West location. The company is pleased to have Hughes as an anchor tenant on this spacecraft and will be delivering new, high throughput capacity to serve Latin America, northern Canada and mobile broadband requirements in the Caribbean and North Atlantic.