Launch Date: May 27, 2015
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mission Customer: DIRECTV


The SKYM-1 spacecraft was successfully launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket on May 27, 2015. Liftoff occurred at 5:16 p.m. EDT from Kourou, French Guiana.

SKYM-1 carries 24 active Ku-band transponders and two active R-band transponders to provide direct-to-home broadcast services to the Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean regions. The satellite will be located at 78.8 degrees West Longitude and will produce approximately 5.0 kilowatts of payload electrical power.

Orbital ATK was selected by DIRECTV to build SKY MEXICO -1 (SKYM-1). The SKYM-1 satellite design is based on Orbital ATK’s highly successful, flight-proven, GEOStar™-2 satellite platform, and was manufactured and tested at Orbital ATK’s state-of-the-art satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia.

About Orbital ATK GEOStar Satellites

Orbital ATK's highly successful GEOStar-2 and -3 commercial geosynchronous (GEO) communications satellites provide up to 7.5 kW of payload power and can accommodate virtually all types of commercial communications payloads  to provide direct-to-home TV broadcasting, cable program distribution, business data network capacity, regional mobile communications and similar services.

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