Satnews Daily
November 28th, 2017

Telesat's Loss of First Phase 1 'Low Earth Orbit' Satellite ... Soyuz Reached 'No Earth Orbit' 

A disapointment to be sure as Telecast issued the announcement today of the unsuccessful launch of their first Phase 1 LEO satellite.

Telesat learned this morning that the Soyuz 2 launch vehicle that was to place 19 spacecraft into orbit, including Telesat’s first Phase 1 LEO satellite, has failed.

Notwithstanding this failure, Telesat’s plans to develop a state-of-the-art, high capacity LEO constellation that will deliver transformative, low latency, fiber-like broadband to commercial and government users worldwide, remain on track. A second Phase 1 LEO satellite is scheduled for launch in the coming weeks on ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Sriharikota launch site.

Telesat is a global satellite operator, providing 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 consists of 15 GEO satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1, and two new GEO satellites under construction. An additional LEO satellite is now being readied for launch as part of Telesat’s plans to deploy an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation offering low latency, high throughput broadband services.