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Space Systems/Loral Completes Intelsat 19 Ahead of Schedule, Delivers Satellite to Launch Base

By SpaceRef Editor
April 20, 2012
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Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) (NASDAQ: LORL), the world’s leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Intelsat 19 satellite, designed and built for Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, has arrived at the Sea Launch home port in Long Beach, California. The satellite will be launched aboard a Zenit-3SL rocket from Sea Launch’s launch platform Odyssey at its equatorial launch site, located at 154 degrees West longitude, in the international waters of the Pacific Ocean.

“We are very pleased to deliver the 46th SS/L-built satellite for Intelsat,” said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. “As industry leaders, both of our companies are committed to the highest quality service and a focus on helping broaden the world’s ability to share information and communicate.”

Intelsat 19 will provide commercial satellite services to high-growth regions around the Pacific Rim, replacing Intelsat 8, which hosts one of Intelsat’s premier video neighborhoods. The satellite also features beams that contribute to Intelsat’s global mobility network, which when complete in early 2013, will make Intelsat the first satellite operator to offer continuous worldwide broadband coverage on a single fleet to maritime and aeronautical customers.

From its orbital location at 166 degrees East, Intelsat 19 will offer primary C-band capacity for enhanced distribution of media content to the Pacific Ocean region with connectivity via the U.S. to Europe. It will also provide Ku-band Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and network services applications for pan-global Australia.

Based on the highly reliable Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, the satellite has 34 Ku-band transponders that can be switched between four different footprints that cover Australia and the Pacific Ocean region, and 24 C-band transponders that will be connected to a high-power footprint covering Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Japan, and the western United States. The satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years or more.

About Intelsat

Intelsat is the leading provider of satellite services worldwide. For over 45 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and entertainment for many of the world’s leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet Service Providers and governmental agencies. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video, data and voice services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and broadband access, with Intelsat, advanced communications anywhere in the world are closer, by far.

About Space Systems/Loral

Space Systems/Loral, a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ: LORL – News), 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

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

SpaceRef staff editor.