PALO ALTO, CA, July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that the Intelsat 36 satellite, designed and built for Intelsat S.A (NYSE: I), operator of the world's first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace. The satellite will be used to provide media and content distribution services in Africa and South Asia.
"SSL delivered Intelsat 36 to the Arianespace launch base in just 24 months from contract signing," said John Celli, president of SSL. "This type of fast turn-around is only possible when we work closely with trusted partners, like Intelsat. SSL has built more than fifty satellites for Intelsat, and Intelsat 36 is the second that we have delivered to them in 2016. Now our teams are working together with Arianespace to prepare the satellite for launch."
Intelsat 36 was designed with both Ku-band and C-band capacity, and will be used to provide direct-to-home television services in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as television program distribution services in South Asia.
"SSL has worked together with us for many years, and shares our passion for innovation, quality, and reliability," said Ken Lee, Senior Vice President, Space Systems of Intelsat. "We're pleased with the on-time delivery of Intelsat 36, and look forward to adding this important satellite to our fleet."
Intelsat 36 is built on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which is designed to provide service for 15 years or more. It is the seventh SSL satellite to be shipped to launch base this year.
About Intelsat S.A.
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world's first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat's Globalized Network combines the world's largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.
Space Systems Loral (SSL) is a leading provider of commercial satellites with broad expertise to support satellite operators and innovative space related missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for more than 50 years, SSL's advanced product line also includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and automation solutions for remote operations. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
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