Satmex-9 satellite to enhance aviation safety

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 27-02-2014

Eutelsat's Satmex has signed agreements with Raytheon to enable the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing to include the first hosted payload on a Boeing all-electric satellite.

The all-electric propulsion Satmex-9 satellite being built by Boeing will carry a hosted payload enabling the US FAA to enhance aviation safety.

The FAA payload is the first in a series of wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) commercial space missions.

Scheduled for launch by Space-X in the second half of 2015, the Satmex-9 satellite is based on the 702SP developed by Boeing.

It will be co-positioned at 117° West with the Satmex-8 satellite to offer expanded capacity across more than 45 nations and territories in the Americas, notably for Satmex's growing video business.

Satmex's commissioning of a payload from Boeing follows the agreement it has concluded with Raytheon for a WAAS payload that will enhance the availability and accuracy of global positioning system (GPS) signals for the FAA.

The WAAS payload will provide coverage to reference stations in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, as well as the continental United States and Alaska, improving GPS signal accuracy to seven metres from 100 metres.