First commercial X-band coverage over Canada, Americas and Pacific Ocean
Paradigm Services, part of Airbus Defence and Space' Telecoms division, announced that it has entered into a 15-year contract with Telesat, the world’s fourth largest fixed satellite services operator, for the full X-band payload on Telesat’s Anik G1 satellite.
Airbus Defence and Space, through Paradigm Services, currently provides state-of-the-art seamless milsatcom services to the UK MoD, the US DoD, the Canadian Department of National Defense and many other international armed forces and government agencies, combining its own satellites with capacity leases to meet all milsatcom requirements.
For the first time, the Canadian Department of National Defence and US Department of Defense users will be able to procure Pacific and Atlantic X-band capacity from the same source through the company’s one-stop-shop approach.
Demand for X-band services from civil and military agencies around the world is growing as governments continue to increase their use of commercial satellites. Anik G1 will be the first commercial satellite with substantial X-band coverage of the Pacific reaching out to Hawaii. The characteristics of the X-band frequency make it the ideal choice for naval platforms, allowing high data throughput with lower rain-fade margins compared with Ku or Ka-band.
Anik G1, scheduled for launch in the second half of 2012, will operate from 107.3º West and will utilise a 3-channel, global beam, X-band payload covering Canada, the Americas and the Pacific Ocean. In addition, Anik G1 will include 16 transponders in extended Ku-band over Canada, 24 C-band and 12 Ku-band transponders over South America.
Part of Airbus Defence and Space’ Telecoms division, Paradigm is the prime contractor for the £4bn (http://www.space-airbusds.com/node.php?articleid=5866.15bn) Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Skynet-5 contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the provision of military satellite communications services to 2022. In February 2010, Paradigm, backed by Airbus Defence and Space, concluded the agreement to provide further capability to the UK MoD, resulting in the addition of the Skynet-5D satellite to the constellation. The Anik G1 capacity will enter service around the same time as Skynet 5D, hence further cementing Airbus Defence and Space’s place as the world's leading commercial provider of secure milsatcom services.