Telestar 14R Arrives In Baikonur for May Launch

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Commercial satellite builder Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., said April 20 that the Telstar 14R/Estrela do Sul 2 satellite arrived that morning at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for a late May launch aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket provided by Reston, Va.-based International Launch Services.

“It is a great credit to the combined efforts of Space Systems/Loral and Telesat that Telstar 14R/Estrela do Sul 2 was completed in less than two year’s time,” Dan Goldberg, president and chief executive officer of Ottawa, Canada-based Telesat said in a prepared statement.

Telestar 14R/Estrela do Sul 2 is a Ku-band satellite that will deliver communications services to Brazil, the United States, the northern Atlantic Ocean region, and the Andean and southernmost region of South America, Space System/Loral said in a press release announcing early delivery of the 46-transponder satellite.

The satellite will replace Telestar 14/Estrela do Sul at the 63 degrees West orbital slot.