Satellite 2008: News and Notes

Satellite 2008 is taking place this week in Washington, D.C. and some news was stirred up at the event. The tidbits include the following:

*Space Systems/Loral was awarded a contract to build a spacecraft for SES New Skies. Designed as the largest, most powerful satellite in the SES fleet, the NSS-14 bird will expand the company's fixed satellite services delivered to the Americas, Europe, Africa and Middle East, SS/L said.

*Sea Launch said it will deliver two satellites built by Orbital Sciences in 2009 through land missions at the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan. The satellites are Intelsat 15, which will replace Intelsat 709 at 85 degrees, and Intelsat 16, which will provide capacity for DIRECTV subsidiaries and deliver backup capacity for customers in Brazil and Mexico.

*Eutelsat commissioned Thales Alenia Space to build the W3B satellite, which will provide the European satellite operator with capacity for broadcasting, telecommunications and broadband services. Scheduled for launch in second quarter 2010, W3B will be co-positioned with Eutelsat's W3A satellite at 7 degrees East.

*International Launch Services won a contract from S2M, a provider of media-rich, mobile entertainment to the Middle East and North Africa for the launch of a dedicated mobile television satellite serving the region. A Proton Breeze M heavy-lift vehicle will fly the satellite, which will be based on Space Systems/Loral's 1300 platform, the companies said.

*Intelsat partnered with Sea Tel, a provider of marine antenna systems for satellite communications and satellite TV at sea, and iDirect, a provider of satellite-based IP technology, for an enhancement of its Network Broadband Global Maritime service. The offering extends Intelsat's global broadband service to Sea Tel customers across the commercial shipping, military, oil and gas, cruise and yacht industries.