Sky Muster new satellite to provide high speed broadband to Australia

High-power Broadband satellite for Australia begins post-launch maneuvers according to plan. Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that an advanced satellite designed and built for NBN, new broadband network in Australia was launched yesterday and performs subsequent operations, the introduction as planned. The high capacity broadband satellite deployed its solar panels on the time of its introduction on board an Ariane 5 rocket from the spaceport in Kourou Europe, French Guiana. He will start shooting its main blowing the morning drive into its final geostationary orbit.

Sky Muster new satellite to provide high speed broadband to Australia

The satellite, called sky Muster, is a high performance satellite to give very fast broadband service, the Ka-band satellite broadband that uses multiple spot beams in an advanced design that adapts the capacity of the widely distributed population of Australia. It is designed to provide high-speed internet to  thousands of Australians people who do not have a high speed broadband internet service and are currently using fixed lines and fixed wireless services of NBN.

"I congratulate NBN in the launch of its first satellite broadband in Australia," said John Celli, president of SSL. "It was a pleasure to be with the NBN team to offer availability of satellite Internet service to be extended to remote areas."

Originally called NBN Co 1A, the satellite "Sky Muster". It is the first of two satellites that SSL provides for NBN. The two satellites will operate in combination with each others to provide fast broadband internet services throughout Australia and its offshore islands and external territories, including Norfolk Island, Cocos Iceland, Christmas Island and Macquarie provide Iceland, Antarctica.

"SSL has proven to be a reliable and innovative partner in the development of the space segment for broadband network in Australia, said Greg Adcock, COO of NBN." Sky Muster provide access to distance learning, telemedicine, video conferencing and other essential services for homes and businesses in rural and remote Australia where fast broadband are not available."

Sky Muster is based on the highly reliable platform SSL 1300, which is to support the flexibility, a wide range of applications and technologies based. Sky Muster is the 100 (t) 1300 SSL, SSL has delivered satellite and provides tangible evidence of the development of the platform to reflect the progress made in the payload. The satellite was designed to provide service for 15 years or more. With this release, there are 81 geostationary satellites built in orbit by SSL.

About NBN

NBN was founded in 2009 to implement the design and the initiative of the Australian government's policy to build and operate the broadband network in Australia, to provide broadband access to all places in Australia. NBN is a company that is completely out of the Commonwealth, which has been prescribed as a public company (GBE) and is of "Shareholder Ministers" represented possession - the Minister of Communications and Arts and the Minister of Finance. The goal of the organization is to provide only the first big national network of Australia Free High-Speed ​​Access to all Australians, no matter where they are living. For more information, please visit:

About SSL

SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, is a leading provider of commercial satellites with extensive experience to support the operators of satellites and space-related innovative missions. The company develops and manufactures space services such as DTH, distribution of video content, broadband Internet, mobile communications and Earth observation. As an innovative Silicon Valley for over 50 years, the product line of advanced products SSL also includes modern sophisticated small satellites and robotics and automation solutions for the remote operation. For more information, visit

About MDA

MDA is a leading global information and communications offer business solutions for commercial and government organizations worldwide.

The company focuses on the MDA markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, especially in the field of communication and surveillance and reconnaissance sector. The Company also holds a significant amount of development of advanced technology.

MDA established global customer base of more than 4,800 employees in 11 offices in the United States, Canada, and serves international.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDA".