BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, December 27, 2010
International Launch Services (ILS), a world leader in providing launch services to the commercial space industry, successfully carried the Eutelsat's KA-SAT satellite on an ILS Proton/Breeze M. The ILS Proton vehicle lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:51 a.m. local time (4:51 p.m. EST, 10:51 p.m. in Paris on December 26) and after 9 hour 12 minute mission KA-SAT satellite was succesfully released into geostationary transfer orbit.
Boeing announced that it has received a contract for approximately $1 billion from the government of Mexico to deliver an end-to-end satellite communications system - MEXSAT, that will consist of three satellites, two ground sites, associated network operations systems and reference user terminals. MEXSAT will provide secure communications for Mexico’s national security needs, as well as enhanced coverage for the country’s civil telecommunications.
Eutelsat Communications announced that Thales Alenia Space has been commissioned to build the W3D satellite that will replace the W3B spacecraft lost after its launch on October 28. The delivery schedule of the new satellite has been fixed to 24 months, enabling Eutelsat to plan for commercial availability from early 2013.