December 31st, -0001
Intelsat-704 Sat Replacement Contract Finalized By SS/L
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) has finalized a previously announced satellite contract award to provide a new spacecraft to Intelsat. Intelsat-17 is a powerful, state-of-the-art, C- and Ku-band spacecraft for Fixed Satellite Services (FSS). The satellite is scheduled to be available for launch in 2010 and will be located at 66 degrees East, where it will replace Intelsat-704. Based on the SS/L 1300 satellite platform, which provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications, Intelsat 17 is designed to provide service for 15 years or more. "This will be the 45th satellite that we have provided to Intelsat," said John Celli, president and chief operating officer of Space Systems/Loral. "Like Intelsat-14, it combines heritage, space-proven building blocks with some of the world's most advanced technologies."
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