THE US FEDERAL Communications Commission has given Loral Space and Communications the go-ahead to develop and launch two LoralSat high-powered satellites to provide a full range of digital voice, data and television services to commercial and private users in the USA, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The two 24-C band, 32-Ku band transponder satellites and one ground spare will cost $250 million. The first will be launched in 1999 and placed at 77° W in geostationary orbit. The second, to be launched in 2000, will be at 129° W.

Source: Flight International