|[October 11, 2016]
Orbital ATK Awarded Contract to Build Eutelsat Broadcast Satellite
Orbital ATK (News - Alert), Inc. (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced the company has been awarded its first
contract with Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris:ETL) to build
the EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite. The company will team with Airbus
Defence and Space to build EUTELSAT 5 West B, marking the first time the
two have partnered on satellite work. Relying on the two companies'
extensive heritage in the satellite industry, EUTELSAT 5 West B will be
based on Orbital ATK's GEOStar satellite platform while Airbus Defence
and Space will provide the communications payload of 35 active Ku-band
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Artist's concept of the EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite Credit: Orbital ATK (Photo: Business Wire)
The spacecraft will be designed, built and tested at Orbital ATK's
state-of-the-art satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia.
EUTELSAT 5 West B will have an operational lifetime of more than 15
years as a broadcast satellite, replaing the current satellite at
Eutelsat's (News - Alert) 5° West longitude orbit slot. Once EUTELSAT 5 West B is
positioned in geostationary orbit, it will serve mainly video markets in
Europe and North Africa.
"Eutelsat is a global leader in satellite operations and we are proud to
provide them with a spacecraft built on our innovative, reliable and
affordable GEOStar product line," said Amer Khouri, Vice President of
the Commercial Satellite Business at Orbital ATK. "With Airbus Defence
and Space providing the payload and Orbital ATK using our flight-proven
bus design, we are confident the team will deliver a high-quality
EUTELSAT 5 West B is scheduled for launch in 2018 aboard an
International Launch Services (News - Alert) (ILS) Proton vehicle from Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Russia. It will be the 41st commercial satellite ordered
and built by Orbital ATK.
Orbital ATK's Space Systems Group (SSG) is an industry leader in
satellite technology and advanced rated space systems providing a broad
portfolio of products and services for commercial, military, civil
government and international customers. The Group designs, manufactures
and operates small to medium-class satellites for communication,
imaging, science, human exploration and military operations. SSG also
specializes in market-leading integrated thermal control systems, space
components that power and enable satellites of all classes, satellite
servicing technology and premier technical engineering services to
government agencies and laboratories. Orbital ATK is currently producing
additional commercial satellites for Yahsat Satellite Communications,
Avanti Communications and SES (News - Alert) S.A. that will be delivered and launched
over the next year.
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
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