Sunday, May 22, 2011

Telstar 14R/Estrela do Sul 2 Successfully Launched

The new Telstar 14R/Estrela do Sul 2 satellite was successfully launched into orbit on an ILS Proton from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Telesat's Telstar 14R/Estrela do Sul 2, which weighs approximately 5 metric tons, was built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) on the SS/L 1300 platform. It replaces Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul at the orbital location of 63 degrees West. Telstar 14R will provide long term service for Brazil, the Continental United States (including the Gulf of Mexico and Northern Caribbean), the Southern Cone of South America, the Andean region (including Central America and Southern Caribbean), and the North and Mid-Atlantic Ocean. The satellite's Atlantic beam will expand on the Atlantic Ocean Region capacity now provided by Telstar 14 and Telstar 11N, and secure Telesat's position as a leader in mobile broadband for maritime and aeronautical customers operating in the Atlantic.


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