Intelsat orders Boeing payload

Aug. 24, 2010 at 11:20 AM
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Intelsat has contracted Boeing to provide a second ultra-high frequency hosted payload on the fourth communications satellite ordered from Boeing last year.

Intelsat S.A. has headquarters in Belgium.

The second UHF hosted payload will be installed on the IS-27 satellite. The payload will offer 20 25-KHz UHF channels capable of serving the U.S. government and other Intelsat general clients around the world, Boeing said.

The second payload will be identical to the UHF payload for the Australian military that will be hosted on the IS-22 satellite and launched in 2012.

"Providing a second military hosted payload for Intelsat demonstrates our ability to rapidly respond to provide capability to augment government customers' needs," said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. "Boeing has been a leading government payload provider for more than 40 years and we are well-qualified to equip commercial satellites with operationally responsive space solutions for military customers around the world."

The modular design of the Boeing 702MP satellites in the Intelsat series allows the UHF and other hosted payloads to be accommodated easily, with no impact to the assembly or delivery schedules.

Financial details of the contract weren't disclosed.

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