SSL to provide powerful multi-mission satellite to Embratel Star One
(30 October 2017 - SSL) Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates) today announced that its business unit, SSL, signed a contract to provide a powerful multi-mission communications satellite called Star One D2 to Embratel Star One.
The satellite, will improve access to high quality entertainment and information services for consumers and businesses in Latin America, and expands broadband coverage to new regions, helping to provide internet access to underserved populations. It also provides an updated X-band payload for government use.
SSL to provide powerful multi-mission satellite to Embratel Star One. (courtesy: SSL)
"Star One D2 is the third satellite we will provide to Embratel Star One," said Dario Zamarian, group president at SSL. "We believe there is no better endorsement of our capabilities than return customers and we look forward to again working together as a team to build this powerful and highly advanced satellite."
Star One D2 is equipped with C-, Ku-, Ka- and X-band payloads for high-speed telecommunications, television broadcast and fast broadband in South America, Mexico, Central America, and parts of the Atlantic Ocean. It is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer and is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which has the capability to support a broad range of applications and technology advances.
"This high capacity satellite will enable us to provide the world's most advanced communications services to our customers who will benefit from faster internet and more entertainment choices," said Gustavo Silbert, president of Embratel Star One. "With two SSL-built satellites currently providing service on orbit, we are pleased to once again contract with the team that we have come to know for a satellite that will help us update our coverage in important regions."
SSL built the Star One D1 satellite, which was launched in 2016 and is the first satellite in Embratel Star One's fourth generation family of satellites. The company also built Star One C4, which was launched in 2015 and is successfully providing Direct-To-Home television service in Brazil.
About Embratel Star One
Embratel Star One is the largest satellite operator in Brazil and Latin America, as well as one of the most representative companies in the world in its sector. Created on December 2000 as a subsidiary of Embratel, it has a fleet of nine satellites (Star One D1, C1, C2, C3, C4, C12 and Brasilsat B2, B3 e B4). The satellites are controlled by Guaratiba Center (Rio de Janeiro), the first in the world to receive the quality certificate ISO 9001:2000. With its satellites, Embratel Star One offers services of data transmission, telephony, TV, radio and Internet.
SSL, based in Palo Alto, California, is a leading provider of advanced spacecraft systems, with broad expertise to support commercial and government satellite operators and innovative space missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, in-orbit servicing, space exploration, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for 60 years, SSL's advanced product line includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and autonomous solutions for remote operations. SSL is a business unit of Maxar Technologies, a U.S. operating company.
About Maxar Technologies
Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) is a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets including satellites, Earth imagery, geospatial data and analytics. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides unmatched end-to-end advanced systems capabilities and integrated solutions expertise to help our customers anticipate and address their most complex mission critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,500 employees in 21 locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes: SSL, MDA, DigitalGlobe, and Radiant Solutions. Every day millions of people rely on Maxar Technologies to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that empower a better world.