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Telesat completes satellite launch

Telesat completes satellite launch JAXA / MHI

Satellite operator Telesat has successfully launched its new Telstar 12 VANTAGE Ku-band satellite aboard a rocket provided by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The new satellite aims to provide customers in mobility markets, including maritime as well as government and energy users, with a greater range of service options between EMEA and the Americas, along with new beams over Brazil, Sub-Saharan Africa, the South Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean and North Sea.

Telstar 12 VANTAGE was built by Airbus Defence and Space and is the first of a new generation of Telesat satellites. Operating from an orbital location of 15 degrees West, the satellite will utilise a combination of broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams to increase capacity.

Telstar 12 VANTAGE replaces Telesat’s Telstar 12 satellite, and will use Ku-band for all customer services for backward compatibility with existing Ku-band terminal equipment.

“Telstar 12 VANTAGE marks another advance in Telesat’s record of innovative payload designs and provides our customers with the advantages they need to compete successfully in today’s satellite service markets,” said Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s President and CEO.

“Telesat is pleased to be building on our leadership in mobility services, both maritime and aero, with powerful new coverage over the North Sea, the Mediterranean, Caribbean and the South Atlantic. We would like to thank our valued partners – MHI and Airbus Defence and Space – for the successful and timely launch of Telesat’s Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite.”{/mprestriction}

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