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Wed, Mar 17, 2010

SpaceX And Space Systems/Loral Sign Contract For Falcon 9 Mission

SpaceX Will Launch A Satellite Into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit As Early As 2012

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) have signed an agreement for the launch of an SS/L manufactured satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 as early as 2012. For this mission, Falcon 9 will launch from the SpaceX launch site at Cape Canaveral and insert the satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO).

Space Systems/Loral builds GEO commercial satellites, capturing 40 percent of the high-power market since 2004. The company has an international roster of customers, and its 1300 model satellite is a decades-proven, modular platform with the industry’s highest power capability and the flexibility to support a broad range of applications including high definition television and broadband.

"SpaceX is proud to be selected by Space Systems/Loral as they are one of the premier manufacturers of commercial satellites and the industry leader in satellite sales," said Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX. "With 24 Falcon 9 flights now on manifest, SpaceX has established itself as an excellent partner for both commercial and government customers, and we look forward to supporting Space Systems/Loral on this launch."

“Like SS/L, the SpaceX team is committed to flawless performance and reliability,” said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. “We are working closely with SpaceX to ensure the success of a 1300 launch based on our many years of experience. With numerous Falcon 9 launches on their manifest over the next two years, we are assured of a successful flight history in advance of our mission.”

SpaceX's Falcon 9 is a medium-to-heavy lift, two-stage launch vehicle capable of lifting approximately 11 tons to low Earth orbit (LEO) and in excess of 4.5 tons to GTO currently under testing at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Falcon 9, along with SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, were selected by NASA to resupply the International Space Station starting later this year.

FMI: www.spacex.com, www.ssloral.com

 


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