Arianespace has signed a launch contract for the Embratel Star One D2 satellite with Brazilian satellite operator, Embratel Star One, and U.S. satellite manufacturer SSL, the company announced.
The satellite will be launched in 2019 by an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
Embratel Star One D2 will be positioned in geostationary orbit at 70 deg. West. Equipped with Ku-, Ka-, C- and X-band transponders, the satellite will deliver telecommunications and direct-to-home TV broadcast services in South America and North America.
Embratel Star One D2 marks the 12th time that an Embratel Star One satellite has been booked for an Ariane launch, following seven Brasilsat satellites as well as the Embratel Star One C1, C2, C3, C4 and Embratel Star One D1 spacecraft. Built by SSL in Palo Alto, California using an SSL 1300 platform, Embratel Star One D2 will weigh 6,200 kg. at launch.
Embratel Star One is the largest satellite operator for Brazil and Latin America.
Following the signature of the launch contract, Arianespace Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Israël said: “We are very proud to announce the signature of the 12th contract with our long-time Brazilian customer Embratel Star One, which comes less than one year after our successful launch of Star One D1 with an Ariane 5. The trust of Embratel Star One, for which we have launched all satellites since 1985, is felt as a profound recognition of the reliability and the excellency of Arianespace’s heavy-weight launch service solutions, today with Ariane 5, and tomorrow with Ariane 6.”
SSL, a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies, has earlier announced the signing of contract to build the Star One D2 multi-mission communications satellite for Embratel Star One.