Telesat and EchoStar Corp. under contracts announced in separate press releases Dec. 30 by the manufacturer’s parent company, Loral Space and Communications of New York.will build satellites for
The Nimiq 6 satellite to be built for Ottawa-based Telesat has already been leased to Bell TV and will be used to provide direct-to-home television service in Canada, according to Loral, the majority shareholder of Telesat. The satellite will be equipped with 32 Ku-band transponders and be located at 91 degrees west longitude, Loral said. No launch date was provided.
The EchoStar 16 satellite being built for Englewood, Colo.-based EchoStar also will be used for direct-to-home television broadcasting and is slated to launch in 2012, Loral said.
Both Nimiq 6 and EchoStar 16 will be based on Loral’s high-power SS/L 1300 platform, Loral said. The orders represent the sixth and seventh of the year for the Palo Alto, Calif.-based manufacturer.