Completed in just 20 months, Orbital ATK has delivered the SKY MEXICO-1 (SKYM-1) satellite to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana for its DIRECTV customer. The spacecraft, based on the company’s GEOStar-2TM platform, was produced at the company’s Dulles, Virginia manufacturing facility four months ahead of the original baseline schedule.
"Orbital ATK's execution on this program has been phenomenal," said Phil Goswitz, Senior Vice President of Space and Communications for DIRECTV. "Its program team worked with DIRECTV to successfully manage several technical hurdles and delivered four months ahead of schedule. Orbital ATK exceeded its commitment to us, and that's what everyone is looking for in this industry."
The SKYM-1 satellite will now undergo pre-launch preparations for a late May launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. The photos below follow the satellite from the company’s manufacturing facility to the loading process on the plane set for French Guiana.