GovSat-1 Launched on SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket
February 01, 2018
The GovSat-1 spacecraft was successfully launched into space today on board a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 04:25 PM EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
GovSat-1 is the first satellite of GovSat, a public private partnership between the Government of Luxembourg and the world-leading satellite operator SES.
The multi-mission satellite will be located at the 21.5 degrees East orbital slot, to serve governmental and institutional customers over Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and provide extensive maritime coverage over the Mediterranean and Baltic seas, and the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
The highly flexible and resilient GovSat-1 payload features
advanced security capabilities and uses dedicated frequencies in
X-band and military Ka-band. GovSat-1 is equipped with six
high-powered fully steerable spot beams, a high-power X-band
Global beam, and features sixty-eight transponder equivalent
units in total.
The Luxembourg Government has pre-committed an important amount of capacity on the satellite in support of its NATO commitments. The remaining capacity will be made available to governmental and institutional users on commercial business terms.
“The launch of GovSat-1 opens up a new era of secure satellite connectivity for governments and institutions," said Patrick Biewer, Chief Executive Officer of GovSat. “It brings differentiated capabilities on secure X- and military Ka-band, leveraging private sector efficiencies and strong governmental support. GovSat-1 was designed to meet the specific needs of government customers, and will enable a wide array of defence and civilian security applications, even in the most remote locations.”
Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, said, “Luxembourg has always been a pioneer in the space industry and has a long tradition in innovative partnerships with private aerospace companies. The launch of GovSat-1 is the beginning of a new space experience for Luxembourg, after the foundation of SES in 1985 and the launch of the first SES satellite nearly 30 years ago. GovSat and the launch of GovSat-1 is another step towards strengthening the position of Luxembourg as a key player in the aerospace sector, and contributes to a diversification of our economy.”
Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of the
Economy, said, “Luxembourg has delivered on our pledge to
increase our defence spending as a NATO ally in line with our
defence commitments. We are doing this through an innovative
partnership with the Luxembourg based leading satellite operator
SES. We are thus providing an efficient and reliable solution
for satellite communications that meets the increasingly
sophisticated demands of our NATO allies. We are leveraging the
competences of the Luxembourg space industry, which enjoys a
great reputation worldwide and is further being developed
through Luxembourg's SpaceResources.lu initiative.”
The spacecraft was built by Orbital ATK and is based on the GEOStar-3™ satellite platform. It is Orbital ATK’s 40th GEOStar satellite.