"We are very appreciative of Intelsat's order for the IS-23 satellite and for the continued business from one of our most valued customers," said Mr. Michael Larkin, Orbital's Executive Vice President and General Manager of its Space Systems Group. "Our entire satellite design, manufacturing and testing team is dedicated to producing highly reliable satellites on the industry's shortest delivery schedule each and every time. Intelsat's selection of Orbital for the IS-23 program affirms their long-standing confidence in the smaller-sized STAR platform."
The IS-23 satellite is one of 10 Orbital spacecraft ordered by Intelsat since 2001 that are either now in orbit or in production for upcoming launches. The other satellites are as follows:
Orbital's highly successful geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) communications satellites are based on the company's STAR spacecraft platform, which is able to accommodate all types of commercial communications payloads and is compatible with all major commercial launchers. The company's STAR product line includes the STAR 2.4 design, which is optimized for smaller satellite missions that can support up to 5.0 kW of payload power. Orbital has also developed the higher-power STAR 2.7 spacecraft design, delivering the next increment of payload power for applications between 5.0 and 7.5 kW, allowing Orbital to offer its innovative and reliable satellite design to the medium-class of communications satellites.
Intelsat is the leading provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. For 45 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and entertainment for many of the world's leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and governmental agencies. Intelsat's satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video, data and voice services.
Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers. The company's primary products are satellites and launch vehicles, including low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense missions; human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and target vehicles. Orbital also provides satellite subsystems and space-related technical services to government agencies and laboratories. More information about Orbital can be found at http://www.orbital.com
SOURCE: Orbital Sciences Corporation
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