Deal Lets CapRock Market Skynet 5 Capacity in U.S.

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Fairfax, Va.-based CapRock Government Solutions said Nov. 3 that it had signed a multiyear, multi-transponder strategic purchase agreement with Britain’s Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd. that will permit CapRock to market X-band and UHF communications capacity aboard Skynet 5 satellites to the U.S. military and intelligence community.

CapRock signed a similar contract in December 2008 with Rockville, Md.-based Xtar LLC, a Loral Space and Communications affiliate that sells X-band satellite capacity to the and allied governments. CapRock said the Paradigm agreement makes CapRock the largest network provider of commercial X-band services to the U.S. government.

Paradigm Secure Communications is the EADS Astrium subsidiary that owns and operates the three Skynet 5 geosynchronous satellites.