TELSTAR 14 ESTRELA DO SUL
From its equatorial launch site at 154 degrees West Longitude, the Sea Launch rocket lifted Loral's Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 satellite to a lofted 760 km perigee geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO), on its way to a final orbital position at 63 degrees West Longitude. The spacecraft carries 41 Ku-band transponders with five unique and interconnecting coverage beams.
Once operational, fifty percent of the satellite's power will be focused on coverage over Brazil, providing a dedicated Ku-band solution for the Brazilian marketplace. The satellite's other beams will cover the Americas and the North Atlantic Ocean, where Connexion by Boeing(tm) will use the satellite to provide its Internet-to-aircraft service. While it is designed for a 15-year lifespan, Sea Launch's direct insertion into equatorial orbit is expected to yield several additional years of service.
Built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 will be operated by Skynet do Brasil. SS/L is a premier designer, manufacturer and integrator of powerful satellites and satellite systems and also provides a range of related services that include mission control operations and procurement of launch services. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., the company has an international base of commercial and governmental customers whose applications include broadband digital communications, direct-to-home broadcast, defense communications, environmental monitoring and air traffic control.
Loral Skynet do Brasil, Ltd., is the first private Brazilian satellite company to offer Ku-band satellite services and was formed primarily to address opportunities in the fixed satellite services market in Brazil and South America. The company has a ground station in Rio de Janeiro that will provide tracking, telemetry, and control and access management from in-country technical staff.