Telesat Canada, Gloucester, Ontario
Telesat is Canada's national satellite communications company. "Anik" means "little brother" in the Inuit language. Boeing built Telesat's first satellites, the Anik A series, more than 25 years ago. The Anik F series is Telesat's newest generation, and sixth series of satellites.
Anik F1 was ordered in March 1998, and is a Boeing 702 model. The satellite carries 84 active transponders: 36 in C-band and 48 in Ku-band. The spacecraft will provide general telecommunications services for North and South America. The satellite was designed for an end-of-life power of 16 kW. Anik F1 was launched in late 2000 on an Ariane 4 rocket.
Telesat Canada ordered another Boeing 702, Anik F2, in April 2000. The satellite provides fixed satellite service, including Internet access, and Ka-band multimedia services across North America. Anik F2 operates with a total of 114 transponders: 50 in Ka-band, 40 in Ku-band and 24 in C-band. The satellite carries the flight-proven xenon ion propulsion system for all on-orbit maneuvering. The spacecraft is designed for an end-of-life power of 16 kW. Anik F2 was launched in 2004 on an Ariane 5.
Galaxy and PAS
PanAmSat Corporation, United States
PanAmSat Corporation of Wilton, Conn., was the first customer for the Boeing 702, having ordered three: Galaxy XI, Galaxy IIIC, and PAS-1R. Galaxy XI was the first Boeing 702 satellite. It was ordered in May 1997 and was successfully launched in December 1999 on an Ariane 4 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. Galaxy XI has a payload of 64 active transponders; 24 operate in C-band and 40 operate in Ku-band. The spacecraft was designed for an end-of-life power of more than 10 kW. The satellite provides service to North America and Brazil.
Galaxy IIIC was ordered in August 1997 and was launched on June 15, 2002 by Sea Launch. The satellite serves North, South and Central America with a total of 77 transponders; 24 in C-band and 53 in Ku-band. The spacecraft was designed for an end-of-life power of 15 kW.
PAS-1R was also ordered in August 1997. The satellite carries 72 active transponders: 36 in C-band and 36 in Ku-band. That is three times the capacity of PAS-1, the spacecraft it replaced. PAS-1R designed for an end-of-life power of more than 14 kW. The satellite provides coverage to four continents from its slot over the Atlantic Ocean. PAS-1R was launched in 2000 on board an Ariane 5 rocket.
Boeing is building three 702HP spacecraft to provide new Ka-band global and high-capacity satellite services to Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Leveraging Boeing's extensive expertise in Ka-band satellite communications systems, the new satellites will join Inmarsat's fleet of 11 geostationary satellites that provide a wide range of voice and data services through an established global network of distributors and service providers. The Boeing satellites will provide Inmarsat with the ability to adapt to shifting subscriber usage patterns of high data rates, specialized applications and evolving demographics over a projected 15-year lifetime. In a separate arrangement, Boeing has also entered into a distribution partnership with Inmarsat to provide L- and Ka-band capacity services to key users within the U.S. government.
In 2010, Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) de México ordered an end-to-end turnkey satellite communications system that will become Mexico's next-generation telecommunications system. Boeing will design and deliver a complete system consisting of: two Boeing 702HP geomobile satellites; a satellite from Orbital Sciences Corporation for fixed satellite services; two ground stations in México, with a spacecraft operations center for network management and operation; and ground-based beam-forming and communications network equipment. Boeing also will deliver reference user terminals, which enable the end users of MEXSAT to test and validate the system. The MEXSAT system will relay civil communications in urban and remote areas throughout the country, providing mobile, voice and data services. The satellites will operate over México and its patrimonial seas, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.
New Skies Satellites N.V., The Hague
NSS-8 was the first Boeing satellite to be procured by New Skies, an independent global satellite operator that was formed through the partial privatization of INTELSAT. The spacecraft was to carry 56 active C-band and 36 active Ku-band high power transponders, making it one of the largest and highest power satellites in the region. Four 25-cm XIPS thrusters would have performed orbit raising and stationkeeping duties. Advanced triple-junction gallium arsenide solar panels built by Spectrolab were designed to deliver 17.6 kilowatts of total spacecraft power at end of life.
NSS-8 was to be stationed at 57 degrees East longitude. The spacecraft's 27 beams would have created nine footprints that would blanket Europe, Asia, India, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and the Indian Ocean. Extensive beam-to-beam interconnectivity built into NSS-8's design would have allowed New Skies to offer flexible solutions to customer requirements and respond to market conditions over the spacecraft's life.
The NSS-8 contract includes options for up to two follow-on spacecraft. Sea Launch was selected as the launch provider under this delivery-in-orbit contract. NSS-8 was launched in 2007 but lost due to a booster failure.
In 2006, Boeing received a major contract from LightSquared (formerly called SkyTerra LP) to provide two Boeing 702HP satellites designed for geomobile services, four uplink gateway sites, and ground-based beam-forming equipment. The satellites will use both space and terrestrial elements to deliver integrated satellite-cellular communications with wireless services anytime and anywhere throughout the United States and Canada.
Spaceway North America
Hughes Network Systems, United States
Hughes Network Systems developed a global satellite network named SpacewayTM, which provides high-bandwidth and high-speed communications for broadband and multimedia applications.
The North American constellation includes two Boeing 702 geosynchronous satellites and one in-orbit spare. The satellites are the next generation in satellite communications technology, transmitting and receiving up to 100 times faster than conventional telephone lines. Spaceway North America operates in Ka-band. Spaceway F1 and F2 were launched in 2005 by Sea Launch.
Wideband Global SATCOM System
Space and Missile Systems Center, U.S. Air Force Space Command
In early 2001, a satellite communications industry team led by Boeing was selected to develop the Wideband Global SATCOM(WGS) system. This high-capacity satellite communications system is intended to support the warfighter with newer and far greater capabilities than provided by current systems.
A joint-service program funded by the U.S. Air Force and Army, WGS includes options for up to six Boeing 702 satellites and their associated spacecraft and payload control equipment. Operational and logistics support and training are also included in the program.
In 2002, the customer exercised options authorizing Boeing to build the first three WGS spacecraft. Boeing is currently building six WGS satellites and in 2010 was authorized to begin work on a seventh satellite. The first satellite WGS-1 was launched in 2007, and WGS-2 and WGS-3 were launched in 2009, all aboard a U.S. Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. WGS provides two-way X-band and Ka-band communications as well as Ka-band broadcast services to U.S. Armed Forces and other agencies worldwide.
XM Satellite Radio, Inc., United States
XM Satellite Radio ordered two Boeing 702 satellites in March 1998, and later ordered a third to serve as a ground spare. These S-band spacecraft provide state-of-the-art digital radio programming directly to cars, homes and portable radios coast-to-coast in the United States. The satellites have a Digital Audio Radio payload provided by Alcatel of France. The satellites were designed for an end-of-life power of more than 15 kW. The first two XM satellites -- XM-Rock and XM-Roll -- were launched in 2001 by Sea Launch. XM-3 was launched in 2005 by Sea Launch. A fourth XM satellite was ordered in August 2003 and was launched by Sea Launch in 2006.