Loral Ships Satellites To Florida, Kourou

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Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) of Palo Alto, Calif., said Sept. 30 it had delivered a satellite built for fixed satellite services provider Intelsat to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., for launch later this year aboard an Atlas 5 rocket.

The satellite, Intelsat 14, is intended to replace the Intelsat 1R satellite at 315 degrees east longitude. Based on the Loral 1300-model spacecraft platform, Intelsat 14 includes a hybrid C- and Ku-band payload to provide data, voice and video services for the Americas, Europe and Africa.

The day before the Intelsat 14 announcement, SS/L said it shipped a separate Loral-1300 model spacecraft built for SES World Skies to Kourou, French Guiana, for a late October launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket.

The satellite, NSS-12, is meant to replace NSS-703 at the orbital location of 57 degrees east. Equipped with 40 C-band and 48 KU-band equivalents, NSS-12 is designed to enable communications services for telecommunications providers, broadcasters, corporations and governments in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, Australia and Central Asia.

NSS-15 is co-manifested to launch with Thor 6, a satellite built for Oslo-based Telenor Satellites Broadcasting by Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy. Thor 6, to be located at 1 degree west, arrived at the Guiana Spaceport Sept. 29, Telenor said in a release.