SES S.A. and Space Systems/Loral announce that the QuetzSat-1 satellite has safely arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on board an Antonov cargo plane. The QuetzSat-1 spacecraft, manufactured by Space Systems/Loral will now be readied for launch onboard an ILS Proton Breeze M booster, scheduled for lift off in September 2011.
QuetzSat-1 is an all Ku-band high-powered communications satellite with coverage of Mexico, U.S.A. and Central America, which is fully contracted to a subsidiary of EchoStar Corp. and will be used in part by Dish Mexico, an EchoStar joint venture, for direct-to-home services in Mexico.
When launched, QuetzSat-1 will be positioned at 77 degrees West. It is based on SS/L’s 1300 satellite platform which provides the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances and provides high power for advanced television. It is designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer.