Stars in a Supporting Role

Frontiers March 2013 Issue

Boeing’s current satellite programs include the following: Wideband Global SATCOM, or WGS – WGS is the highest-capacity military satellite communications system fielded by the U.S. Department of Defense, based on the 702HP (high power) platform. When Boeing was initially awarded the contract, WGS was intended to be a “Gapfiller” of only three satellites. Four such satellites are on orbit, with six more ordered. Global Positioning System – Perhaps the best-known satellite system in the world, GPS provides worldwide navigation for the military, civilians and commercial services. Boeing has been the prime contractor for GPS programs since 1974 and is under contract to the U.S. Air Force to build 12 next-generation GPS Block IIF satellites, three of which already have been launched. Tracking and Data Relay Satellites – NASA has ordered three next-generation tracking and relay satellites to provide crosslink communications capability between Earth-orbiting spacecraft and control-and-data- processing facilities on the ground. The company previously built the three satellites in the TDRS H, I and J series for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Boeing has supported NASA’s key programs for more than four decades. Asia Broadcast Satellite and Satélites Mexicanos – The two companies jointly placed an order last year for four 702SP (small platform) telecommunications satel-lites, the first for the lightweight, all-electric propulsion spacecraft. The order includes options for four more 702SP satellites. Inmarsat – Based in the United Kingdom, Inmarsat placed orders in 2010 for three Boeing 702HP satellites, which will provide high-data-rate mobile communications ser-vices. The satellites will join Inmarsat’s fleet of 10 geostationary satellites in providing a wide range of voice and data services around the globe, as well as carry Ka-band hosted payloads. Intelsat – The world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services and a longtime Boeing customer, Intelsat became the first to order the 702MP (medium power) satellite, with a four-satellite purchase in 2009. With two already on orbit, the 702MPs are adding new capacity to Intelsat’s satellite fleet to distribute video, network and voice services from Asia and Africa to the Americas and Europe. Mexican Satellite System, or MEXSAT – Mexico has ordered a complete telecommu-nications satellite system consisting of two Boeing 702HP satellites, a satellite from Orbital Sciences Corp. for fixed satellite services, two ground stations with a spacecraft operations center in Mexico, and related equipment. The MEXSAT system will relay civil voice and data communications in urban and remote areas throughout the country by the end of 2014. SES – Continuing a relationship spanning more than 25 years, SES returned to Boeing in 2012 and ordered a 702HP satellite to provide Ku-band direct-to-home and maritime communication services. A world-leading satellite operator based in Luxembourg, SES also signed an option for a second satellite. The new satellites will join the SES fleet of 52 geostationary satellites that provides a far-reaching infrastructure that enables its customers to reach 99 percent of the world’s population. ABOVE&BEYOND “IT STILL AMAZES ME ON A DAILY BASIS THAT THE PARTS WE PUT TOGETHER ALL FORM A SATELLITE.” – Deran Bell, solar array manufacturing supervisor BOEING FRONTIERS / MARCH 2013 27


Frontiers March 2013 Issue
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