Sea Launch is now preparing for the launch of the Galaxy 16 communications satellite, in June. The 4,640 kg (10,229 lb) Loral 1300-series spacecraft will be the newest member of PanAmSat’s Galaxy HD neighborhood. As the replacement for Galaxy 4R, Galaxy 16 will reside at 99 degrees West Longitude.
The Galaxy 16 spacecraft arrives at Sea Launch Home Port from the Space Systems/Loral assembly plant in Palo Alto, California.
Built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), the 1300-series spacecraft, weighing in at 4,640 kg (10,229 lb), carries 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, primed to meet the needs of a variety of broadcast customers in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada. Galaxy 16 is the fourth spacecraft Sea Launch will orbit for PanAmSat. While it is designed for a 15-year lifespan, Sea Launch’s direct insertion into equatorial orbit is expected to yield additional years of fuel life.
PanAmSat Corporation is the premier provider of global video and data broadcasting services via satellite. PanAmSat's global network of satellites and fiber connectivity provides unparalleled coverage of the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. This global network enables customers to reach millions of people covering vast geographic areas or offers them the ability to target specific groups in cities, countries or regions.
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) is the leading designer, manufacturer and integrator of commercial satellites and satellite systems. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., the company has an international base of commercial and governmental customers whose applications include broadband digital communications, direct-to-home broadcast, mobile satellite services, defense communications, environmental monitoring and air traffic control. SS/L satellites have amassed over 1,200 years of reliable on-orbit service.