SpaceX Ready to Launch First Communication Satellite GiSAT-1
Satellite communications provider Global-IP Cayman has contracted Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to launch its GiSAT-1 communication satellite. The first satellite by Global-IP Cayman, GiSAT-1 is an upgrade satellite (HTS) with quantity of 150Gbps and a mission life of 15 years. The HTS, which is currently being built by American multinational corporation Boeing company, is scheduled to launched late next year aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. launched into its trajectory for geostationary orbit off the west coast of Africa. Once the satellite is launched it is anticipated to broaden cost-effective internet services such as digital broadcast, media and other communications services across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Appointed with a new digital payload, GiSAT-1
will be designed to cover 35 countries and 750 million people. Global-IP Cayman co-founder Emil Youssefzadeh responded, “Our agreement with SpaceX marks the completion of another major milestone towards getting our innovative service platform operational to serve a growing market with lagging Internet penetration.” The company presently has operations in California, US, and Dubai, UAE. Last month, SpaceX launched the SES-10 satellite into space aboard its flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket. The satellite is equipped with Ku-band payload of 55 36MHz transponder equivalents, of which 27 are incremental. It is owned by satellite operator SES. The SES-10 will provide an enterprise, direct-to-home broadcasting, and mobility services to Latin America.
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Posted on April 20, 2017