Telesat has selected Space Systems Loral, a subsidiary of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, to produce a communications satellite for the satellite operatorâ€™s infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region.
The Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite will incorporate C- and Ku-band transponders and combine broad regional beams and high-throughput spot beams to help expand the company’s Asia Pacific coverage, MDA said Wednesday.
The satellite is scheduled for launch in 2018.
Dan Goldberg, Telesatâ€™s president and CEO, said Telesat and SSL’s engineering teams collaborated on the 18 VANTAGE satellite in response to the needs of customers in Asia.
“Our companies have a long history of working together to help expand the world’s communications infrastructure,” added John Celli, president of SSL.