Payload Hosted on Intelsat’s Galaxy 30 Satellite to Aid Aircraft
Navigation Precision Approaches
MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 16, 2018--
Intelsat General, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat (NYSE: I),
operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, today announced that
it is part of a team of companies awarded a new task order by the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop and operate a satellite
payload to aid aircraft navigation, particularly precision approaches to
airports without dependence on ground-based infrastructure.
The payload will be part of the FAA’s Wide Area Augmentation System
(WAAS) that corrects and enhances information provided by Global
Positioning System (GPS) satellites to give commercial and civilian
pilots more precise approach and departure guidance. WAAS provides
safety improvements in the National Air Space and has been operational
since 2003. This hosted payload, known as Geostationary Earth Satellite
(GEO) 7, is the seventh payload delivering a continuous and robust
signal in space across the contiguous United States and Alaska. This
payload is part of an ongoing WAAS constellation
replenishment/sustainment effort by the FAA.
Leidos, a global science and technology leader, is the lead company on
the task order which has a four-year development phase followed by a
10-year operations and maintenance phase. Intelsat General is hosting a
payload (GEO 3) on Intelsat’s Galaxy 15 satellite.
“We encourage other federal agencies with critical space missions to
follow the FAA’s lead and take advantage of the value and speed a
commercially hosted payload can deliver,” said Skot Butler, President of
Intelsat General. “This new payload will provide commercial and civilian
pilots with the additional visibility and vital information needed to
help ensure a safe flight, particularly when landing in limited
visibility or difficult weather.”
Intelsat General will design, develop and host the WAAS GEO 7 payload
and then integrate it into a new Intelsat Galaxy 30 satellite being
built by Orbital ATK. The Galaxy 30 satellite is set for launch in the
first half of 2020 and will be located at 125º West.
During the 10-year operational phase, Intelsat General will provide
ground uplink services to the payload through Intelsat’s teleport in
Napa, California, as well as operations and maintenance services.
About Intelsat General
Intelsat General (IGC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat,
operator of the world’s first Globalized Network. IGC provides its
government and commercial customers with high-quality, cost-effective,
communications solutions via Intelsat’s leading satellite backbone and
terrestrial infrastructure. Our customers rely on IGC to provide secure
and seamless broadband connectivity, video communications, and mobility
services for mission-critical operations anywhere on the globe through
our open, inter-operable architecture.
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