SSL, a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies, signed a contract to build the Star One D2 multi-mission communications satellite for Brazilian satellite operator, Embratel Star One.
The satellite, will improve access to high quality entertainment and information services for consumers and businesses in Latin America, and expands broadband coverage to new regions, helping to provide internet access to underserved populations. It also provides an updated X-band payload for government use.
“Star One D2 is the third satellite we will provide to Embratel Star One,” said Dario Zamarian, group president at SSL. “We believe there is no better endorsement of our capabilities than return customers and we look forward to again working together as a team to build this powerful and highly advanced satellite.”
Star One D2 is equipped with C-, Ku-, Ka- and X-band payloads for high-speed telecommunications, television broadcast and fast broadband in South America, Mexico, Central America, and parts of the Atlantic Ocean. It is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer and is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which has the capability to support a broad range of applications and technology advances.
“This high capacity satellite will enable us to provide the world’s most advanced communications services to our customers who will benefit from faster internet and more entertainment choices,” said Gustavo Silbert, president of Embratel Star One. “With two SSL-built satellites currently providing service on orbit, we are pleased to once again contract with the team that we have come to know for a satellite that will help us update our coverage in important regions.”
SSL built the Star One D1 satellite, which was launched in 2016 and is the first satellite in Embratel Star One’s fourth generation family of satellites. The company also built Star One C4, which was launched in 2015 and is successfully providing Direct-To-Home television service in Brazil.
Embratel Star One
Embratel Star One is the largest satellite operator in Brazil and Latin America. Created on December 2000 as a subsidiary of Embratel, it has a fleet of nine satellites (Star One D1, C1, C2, C3, C4, C12 and Brasilsat B2, B3 e B4). The satellites are controlled by Guaratiba Center (Rio de Janeiro). With its satellites, Embratel Star One offers services of data transmission, telephony, TV, radio and Internet.
SSL (formerly Space Systems/Loral), based in Palo Alto, California, is a leading provider of advanced spacecraft systems, with broad expertise to support commercial and government satellite operators and innovative space missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, in-orbit servicing, space exploration, and Earth observation.
Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) Ltd.) is a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets including satellites, Earth imagery, geospatial data and analytics.