Lockheed Martin-built GE-6 Satellite Shipped to Baikonur for October Launch
SUNNYVALE, CA, 27-SEP-00 -- The GE-6 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS) for GE American Communications (GE Americom), was recently shipped from production facilities in Sunnyvale, CA to Baikonur, Kazakhstan, where it will be readied for a late October launch. GE-6, a hybrid C/Ku-band satellite with 28 Ku Band and 24 C Band active transponders, will join the GE Americom fleet of satellites and will provide direct-to-home (DTH), media and entertainment distribution plus enterprise and internet protocol (IP)solutions in North America. The spacecraft will be lofted into orbit on a Proton booster provided by International Launch Services and, upon authorization by the Federal Communications Commission, will operate at 72 degrees West Longitude.
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems markets, designs and builds geostationary and non-geostationary telecommunications and remote sensing satellites for customers worldwide. LMCSS is an operating unit of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, one of the core business areas of the Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT). Lockheed Martin has a 41-year heritage of building reliable spacecraft for commercial and military customers, having launched more than 875 spacecraft and clocking nearly 1,100 years of on-orbit performance experience.