SES Selects Orbital ATK to Build SES-16/GovSat Satellite for Mid-2017
Third GEOStar-3 Spacecraft Ordered Since 2014 Introduction
DULLES, Va.Feb. 16, 2015--
ATK, Inc. (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced today it received a contract to build a
communications satellite for LuxGovSat, a newly created joint venture
between SES and the Luxembourg government. SES-16/GovSat will be used to
provide military satellite bandwidth to governments and institutions.
The Luxembourg government has pre-committed to a significant amount of
capacity in support of its NATO obligations.
Based on Orbital ATK s recently introduced GEOStar-3 satellite
platform, SES-16/GovSat is a multi-mission satellite using dedicated
military frequencies (X-band and military Ka-band) to provide
high-powered and fully steerable spot beams for multiple
government-specific missions. It is Orbital ATK s 40th GEOStar satellite
sale, the third GEOStar-3 satellite purchased, and seventh GEOStar
satellite to be built for SES.
SES is one of the world s most prominent satellite operators and this
contract demonstrates a continued confidence in our GEOStar product
line. As a customer-focused company known for innovation, reliability
and affordability, we are pleased to provide LuxGovSat with a
high-quality satellite that will meet expectations in cost, schedule and
performance, said Chris Richmond, VP and GM of the Commercial Satellite
Division at Orbital ATK s Space Systems Group. Based on our exceptional
record of delivering flight-proven satellites on time and on budget,
Orbital ATK continues to be a partner that SES and the Government of
Luxembourg can count on.
Orbital ATK s GEOStar satellite platform can accommodate all types of
commercial communications payloads and is compatible with all major
commercial launchers. The GEOStar design is optimized for satellite
missions requiring up to eight kilowatts of payload power.
The company also offers a hybrid electric propulsion GEOStar-3 design
that provides the benefits of higher power/higher payload capability
while still maintaining advantageous launch costs.
Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES, commented, The joint
procurement of SES-16/GovSat opens a new chapter in the strategically
important government business vertical and in the cooperation between
SES and the Luxembourg government. SES-16/GovSat will ensure flexibility
for the ever-changing missions of governments and institutions in the
security, defense and civil arena and will allow for the deployment of
integrated and smart end-to-end managed solutions for these demanding
SES-16/GovSat will be designed, manufactured and tested at Orbital ATK s
satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. It is slated for
delivery in mid-2017. Once in orbit, it will be positioned on the
European geostationary orbit arc with coverage areas over Europe, the
Middle East and Africa. It will have a service life of 15 years.
Orbital ATK s Space Systems Group (SSG) is an industry leader in
satellite technology and advanced rated space systems providing a broad
portfolio of products and services for commercial, military, civil
government and international customers. The Group designs, manufactures
and operates small to medium-class satellites for communication,
imaging, science, human exploration and military operations. SSG also
specializes in market-leading integrated thermal control systems, space
components that power and enable satellites of all classes, satellite
servicing technology and premier technical engineering services to
government agencies and laboratories.
SES is the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50
geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications
services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile
and fixed network operators and business and governmental organizations
worldwide. SES stands for long-lasting business relationships,
high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The
culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe
and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite
bandwidth and service requirements. SES (NYSE Euronext, Paris and
Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada
and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in
satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information
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 more than 12,000 people in 20 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
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