Alcatel Space today signed a contract to build and deliver, in orbit, a new high-powered hybrid C/Ku-band telecommunications satellite for WorldSat. The satellite, dubbed WorldSat-3, will operate over the pacific region.
According to Alcatel Space, the satellite’s Ku-band payload has been designed to meet the particular requirements of Boeing’s Connexion, the in-flight high-speed Internet access service
In addition, the C-band payload will be available to broadcasters, cable programmers, Internet service providers, government agencies, educational institutions, carriers and private networks for next generation communication and content distribution solutions. The in-orbit handover of the satellite will occur by end of 2005.
Based on a Spacebus 4100 platform, WorldSat -3 will feature an 18 transponder C-band payload and a 20 channel Ku-band payload covering all major airline corridors over the Pacific.
From this single satellite, communications can be sent from California to Bangladesh, from as far north as Alaska in the US and as far south as Australia and New Zealand, and all points in between.
The hybrid satellite, positioned at 172 degrees East Longitude, will serve local, transcontinental and transoceanic customers across the Pacific region, including Western North America, East Asia, the South Pacific, Alaska and Hawaii and provide links to the world’s premier regional satellite systems.