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Communications Satellites

Comm Sat  
GEOStar-2 & -3

With its flight-proven GEOStar-2 spacecraft platform, Orbital ATK is the world's leading supplier of 1.5 - 5.5 kilowatt commercial geosynchronous (GEO) communications satellites used to provide direct-to-home TV broadcasting, cable program distribution, business data network capacity, regional mobile communications and similar services.

Orbital ATK has extended its power and payload capabilities with its new GEOStar-3 satellites which provide up to 8.0 kW of payload power and can accommodate virtually all types of commercial communications payloads.

Orbital ATK’s GEOStar satellites are the most economical and reliable solution for the small to medium market providing a full complement of payload capabilities. With 41 satellite contracts to date, Orbital ATK's GEOStar satellites have demonstrated benefits to established global and regional operators, as well as government and emerging new businesses for Broadcast Satellite Services (BSS), Fixed Satellite Services (FSS), broadband, and other mission critical applications.

Current GEOStar Missions

SpacecraftCustomerMissionCoverage AreaLaunchFactsheet
Galaxy 30 Intelsat C- Ku- and Ka bands North America 2020 
Eutelsat 5 West BEutelsatKu-bandEurope and North Africa 2018View with Adobe PDF

Heritage GEOStar Missions

SpacecraftCustomerMissionCoverage AreaLaunchFactsheet
HYLAS 4AvantiKa-bandEurope & Africa 4/2018
GovSat-1 SES X-band, Military Ka-band Europe, Middle East & Africa 2/2018
Al Yah 3YahsatKa-band Africa & Brazil 1/2018 View with Adobe PDF
Thaicom 8 Thaicom Ku-band Thailand, India & Africa 5/2016 View with Adobe PDF
SKYM-1 DIRECTV Ku- and R-band Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean 5/2015 View with Adobe PDF
Amazonas 4A HispasatKu-bandSouth America3/2014 View with Adobe PDF
Thaicom 6ThaicomKu- and C-bandSE Asia & Africa1/2014 View with Adobe PDF
SES-8SESKa- and Ku-bandSE Asia and Indo-China12/2013 View with Adobe PDF
Azerspace/Africasat -1aAzercosmosKu- and C-bandAzerbaijan, Asia, Europe & Africa2/2013 View with Adobe PDF
MEXSAT BicentenarioBoeingKu- and C-bandMexico12/2012 View with Adobe PDF
Star One C3Star OneKu- and C-bandBrazil & South America10/2012 View with Adobe PDF
Intelsat-23IntelsatKu- and C-bandAmericas, Europe & Africa10/2012 View with Adobe PDF
HYLAS 2AvantiKa-bandEurope, Africa & Middle East8/2012 View with Adobe PDF
Intelsat-18IntelsatKu- & C-bandPacific Ocean Region10/2011 View with Adobe PDF
SES-2 SESKu-, C-, & Ka-band (IR Hosted Payload)Continental US09/2011 View with Adobe PDF
SES-3SESKu-, C-, & Ka-bandContinental US07/2011 View with Adobe PDF
Intelsat 28IntelsatKu- & C-bandEurope, Middle East & Africa04/2011 View with Adobe PDF
KOREASAT 6KTKu-band FSS & DBSSouth Korea12/2010 View with Adobe PDF
SES-1SESKu-, C-, & Ka-bandContinental US04/2010 View with Adobe PDF
Intelsat 16IntelsatKu-bandMexico, Venezuela & United States02/2010 View with Adobe PDF
Intelsat 15IntelsatKu-bandMiddle East, Indian Ocean & Russia11/2009 View with Adobe PDF
Optus D3OptusKu-band DTHAustralia & NZ08/2009 View with Adobe PDF
MEASAT-3aMeaSatKu- & C-bandMalaysia & Indonesia06/2009 View with Adobe PDF
NSS-9SESC-bandPacific Ocean Region02/2009 View with Adobe PDF
AMC-21SESKu-band FSSUnited States08/2008 View with Adobe PDF
THOR 5TelenorKu-band FSS & BSSEurope & Middle East02/2008 View with Adobe PDF
Horizons-2Intelsat/JSATKu-bandContinental US12/2007 View with Adobe PDF
Intelsat-11IntelsatKu- & C-band DTH & FSSNorth & South America10/2007 View with Adobe PDF
Optus D2OptusKu-band DTH & FSSAustralia & NZ10/2007 View with Adobe PDF
Optus D1OptusKu-band DTH & FSSAustralia & NZ10/2006 View with Adobe PDF
TELKOM-2PT TelcomC-band FSSIndonesia & SE Asia11/2005 View with Adobe PDF
Galaxy 15IntelsatC-band FSS (L-band Hosted Payload)United States10/2005 View with Adobe PDF
Galaxy 14IntelsatC-band FSSUnited States08/2005 View with Adobe PDF
BSAT-2cB-SATKu-band DTHJapan06/2004 View with Adobe PDF
Galaxy 12IntelsatC-band FSSUnited States04/2003 View with Adobe PDF
N-Star cNTT DoCoMoS-band MSSJapan07/2002 View with Adobe PDF
BSAT-2b*B-SATKu-band DTHJapan07/2001 View with Adobe PDF
BSAT-2aB-SATKu-band DTHJapan03/2001 View with Adobe PDF
IndoStar-1MCIS-band DTHIndonesia11/1997

LEO Communications Networks

Iridium NEXT

Under a contract with Thales Alenia Space, Orbital ATK is conducting integration and test services for Iridium NEXT, the next-generation satellite constellation of Iridium Communications Inc. Orbital ATK will integrate the communications payloads and platforms for 81 low-Earth orbit Iridium NEXT satellites and test the systems at its satellite manufacturing facility in Gilbert, Arizona.


Orbital is also a pioneer in low-Earth Orbit communications satellites, having conceived, built and deployed the ORBCOMM network. ORBCOMM was the first global communications network to employ a constellation of LEO satellites. From 1994 -1999 the company built and deployed 35 satellites, integrated five “gateway” ground stations and a network operations center to manage the satellites and process their data.

The narrow-band ORBCOMM network is utilized to send and receive short messages to mobile assets such as trucks, trailers, marine vessels, railcars and other remote assets that are often out of reach of terrestrial communications networks. In 2007, Orbital ATK delivered six communications subsystems to ORBCOMM, Inc. for satellites which were launched in 2008 to augment the ORBCOMM in-orbit fleet.

More Information
​Spacecraft Buses
Iridium NEXT Fact Sheet
GEOStar Hosted Payload Fact Sheet
Virginia SMF Fact Sheet
Arizona SMF Fact Sheet