Thursday, July 16, 2015

Arianespace Launches Embratel Star One Satellite

Arianespace has successfully launched two geostationary satellites: Star One C4 for Embratel Star One, and MSG-4 for EUMETSAT, the European organization dedicated to weather, climate and environmental monitoring.

The Brazil-based Embratel Star One is the leading satcom operator in South America. Star One C4, built by Space Systems/Loral (SSL), is the company's tenth satellite.

Star One C4 features 48 Ku-band transponders, which will be used for broadcast satellite services from its orbital slot at 70 West longitude. The satellite will provide Direct-To-Home television service in Brazil and will expand Embratel Star One’s broadcasting services to other Latin American countries and to the United States. It uses the SSL 1300 platform and is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

With this launch, there are 79 SSL-built GEO satellites currently on orbit.

SSL is also building a second satellite for Embratel Star One, which will be launched in 2016.  Star One D1 is a multi-mission satellite that includes a high throughput satellite (HTS) payload and will be used for telecommunications, television broadcast, broadband, Internet access and other services such as digital inclusion in Brazil and in the Latin American region.