27 February 2014
Satmex, owned by Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) said that the all-electric propulsion Satmex-9 satellite being built by Boeing will carry a hosted payload enabling the US Federal Aviation Administration to enhance aviation safety.
The FAA payload is the first in a series of WAAS (wide area augmentation system) commercial space missions.
Scheduled for launch by Space-X in the second half of 2015, the Satmex-9 satellite is based on the 702SP (small platform) developed by Boeing. It will be co-positioned at 117 degrees west with the Satmex-8 satellite to offer expanded capacity across more than 45 nations and territories in the Americas, notably for Satmex´s growing video business.
Satmex´s commissioning of a payload from Boeing follows the agreement it has concluded with Raytheon for a WAAS payload that will enhance the availability and accuracy of Global Positioning System signals for the FAA. The WAAS payload will provide coverage to reference stations in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, as well as the continental United States and Alaska, improving GPS signal accuracy to seven meters from 100 meters.
A unit of The Boeing company, Boeing Defense, Space and Security is one of the world´s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions.
Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex) is a significant provider of fixed satellite services in the Americas, with coverage of more than 90 percent of the population of the region.
Raytheon is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. Its website is at www.raytheon.com and on Twitter @Raytheon.