Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS) has been awarded a contract to build two A2100 geosynchronous satellites for SES ASTRA.
The satellites, designated 1KR and 1L will provide distribution of direct-to-home broadcast services across Europe following their scheduled launches in the second half of 2005 and 2006.
‘We are extremely gratified by the confidence SES ASTRA has placed in us,’ said Ted Gavrilis, president, Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems. ‘Our flight-proven A2100 has provided a powerful, dependable solution for telecommunications customers worldwide.’
ASTRA 1KR, an all Ku-band spacecraft with 32 active transponders, will be located at 19.2 degrees East longitude. The ASTRA 1L communications satellite features a Ku/Ka- band payload with 31 active transponders and will be located at 19.2 degrees East longitude.
Both spacecraft will be based on the A2100AX platform, manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, Newtown, Pennsylvania, and each will have a minimum service life of 15 years.
The A2100 geostationary spacecraft is said to be designed to meet a wide variety of telecommunications needs ranging from high-power Ka, Ku and C-band fixed satellite and direct broadcast services to high power mobile satellite services using the L- and S-band frequency spectrum.