-- Intelsat Joint Venture with
-- New Dawn Spacecraft Was Orbital's Fourth GEO Satellite Order in 2008 --
"Orbital's commercial satellite business ended 2008 on a high note, with
our selection for the New Dawn satellite, which was the second order we
received during the year from
Mr. Larkin added, "The New Dawn order also represented the fourth order of the year for our communications satellites from all customers, making 2008 another very solid period for our commercial satellite business. Our design, engineering and production staff is now working on a total of 10 GEO satellites and is eager to begin new satellite projects in 2009."
The New Dawn spacecraft will be based on Orbital's proven STAR-2
platform. It will generate approximately 4.8 kilowatts of electrical
power to support 16 Ku- and 14 C-band active transponders covering
In addition to the New Dawn satellite,
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.
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