Monday, October 18, 2010

Boeing Ships SkyTerra 1 Satellite for LightSquared

Boeing has shipped the SkyTerra 1 next generation satellite for launch next month aboard an International Launch Services Proton vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite is based on the Boeing 702HP design and it will combine with four gateway ground stations and ground-based beam-forming equipment to create the first of two Space-Based Networks (SBN) that Boeing is building for LightSquared (formerly SkyTerra). The satellite features a 22-meter L-band reflector-based antenna -- the largest commercial antenna reflector to be put into service. The active phased-array antenna will offer state-of-the-art digital signal processing, channel formation and switching.

LightSquared recently announced plans for a new wholesale-only nationwide 4G-LTE wireless broadband network integrated with satellite coverage across the United States.

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