Initial On-Orbit Testing Shows Satellite Performing Nominally
DULLES, Va.Feb. 1, 2018--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced the successful launch of the GovSat-1
multi-mission satellite. Orbital ATK built the satellite for GovSat, a
public-private partnership between the Government of Luxembourg and
world-leading satellite operator SES. GovSat-1 launched aboard a SpaceX
Falcon 9 rocket and marks the second GEOStar-3 satellite built by
Orbital ATK to launch this month. It will be used to provide service to
governmental and institutional customers.
The GovSat-1 multi-mission satellite inside Orbital ATK s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. (Photo: Business Wire)
Liftoff occurred on January 31 at 4:25 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, Florida. The satellite separated successfully from the
launch vehicle approximately 32 minutes into the mission after reaching
its targeted orbit. Orbital ATK completed the satellite s initial
post-launch health check and configuration in preparation for 16 days of
orbit-raising procedures and in-orbit tests. Once testing has been
completed, operational control of GovSat-1 will be handed over to GovSat.
Our initial testing of GovSat-1 shows the satellite is performing
nominally, said Amer Khouri, Vice President of the Commercial Satellite
business at Orbital ATK. The company has previously delivered six
GEOStar satellites to SES, one of GovSat s shareholders. GovSat-1
demonstrates continued confidence in the company s GEOStar products.
GovSat-1 was built in Orbital ATK s satellite manufacturing facility in
Dulles, Virginia. It is an X-band and military Ka-band satellite that
provides high-powered and fully steerable spot beams for multiple
government missions. The satellite will be positioned on the European
geostationary orbit arc and provide coverage to Europe, the Middle East
and Africa, along with extensive maritime coverage over the
Mediterranean and Baltic seas, and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
The GEOStar-3 platform is the newest, highest power and most advanced
platform in the flight-proven GEOStar product line. The spacecraft bus
features an increase in both battery capacity and solar array power. An
additional GEOStar-3 satellite is planned for launch this year.
GovSat is a public-private partnership between the Government of
Luxembourg and the world-leading satellite operator SES. GovSat s
mission is to provide secure, reliable and accessible governmental
satellite communication services to address the demand resulting from
defence and institutional security applications. The company s first
satellite GovSat-1 is a multi-mission satellite that will use X-band and
Military Ka-band frequencies on high-power and fully steerable mission
beams to support multiple operations. For more information visit: www.govsat.lu
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 13,000 people across the U.S. and in several
international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
Kristen Basham, 703-404-7476
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