Ariane launches largest Comsat ever

Mobile communications provider TerreStar Networks (TerreStar), announced today the successful launch of TerreStar-1, the world's largest, most advanced commercial communications satellite.

Launched by Arianespace from Kourou, French Guiana, TerreStar-1 is the foundation for TerreStar's satellite communications network; ensuring network resiliency and availability during times of critical communications need. "With the successful launch of TerreStar-1, we are redefining the mobile communications landscape," said Dennis Matheson, CTO of TerreStar. "We are creating a new paradigm in mobile broadband network services and devices that will leverage our integrated satellite and terrestrial communications components to enable true ubiquity and reliability - anywhere in the United States and Canada."

TerreStar Networks is Arianespace’s 29th new client and TerreStar-1 is the 34th satellite constructed by Space Systems Loral to be launched by Arianespace. The launch has been carried out by Ariane 5 ECA from the European Space Port in the Guiana Space Center at 02:52 pm, Kourou time, Wednesday July 1st.

TerreStar-1 was built by Space Systems Loral in Palo Alto, California on behalf of the satellite operator TerreStar Networks Inc. based in Reston, Virginia. Weighing nearly 6,910 kg at launch, TerreStar-1 is the largest commercial communications satellite ever launched. It will be positioned at 111 degrees West.

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