Ms. Wendy Keyzer reports
SSL-BUILT SATELLITE SATMEX 8 SUCCESSFULLY PERFORMS POST-LAUNCH MANEUVERS
The Satmex 8 satellite, designed and built for Satelites Mexicanos SA de CV (Satmex) by MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. subsidiary Space Systems/Loral (SSL), launched yesterday, is successfully performing
postlaunch manoeuvres according to plan. The satellite deployed its
solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS) from the Baikonur Space Centre in Kazakhstan. The satellite will
begin firing its main thruster later today in order to start
manoeuvring into geosynchronous orbit.
"SSL shares Satmex's focus on quality service and the use of satellite
communications for an interconnected world," said John Celli, president of SSL. "We are pleased to see Satmex 8 performing on orbit
where it joins Satmex 6, also built by SSL, which continues to provide
reliable service over the Americas."
Satmex 8 is a fixed satellite services (FSS) spacecraft that will
provide video content and distribution, broadband services, and
cellular backhaul in North, South and Central America. It will also
help people in remote areas with services for telemedicine, distance
learning and emergency communications. When the satellite completes
in-orbit testing, it will replace Satmex 5 at 116.8 degrees west
"SSL has been an important contributor to our fleet expansion," said
Jesus Gutierrez, program manager and director of engineering of Satmex.
"We would like to thank everyone at SSL, ILS and Satmex who dedicated
their time to this satellite and made this launch a success."
Satmex 8 is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which provides the flexibility to support a broad range of
applications and technology advances. The satellite is designed to
deliver service for 15 years or more. With this launch, there are 72
SSL-built satellites currently on orbit.
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