Ashburn’s XTAR to Launch New Generation Satellites

Ashburn-based XTAR has announced plans for the construction of two satellites as replacements for XTAR-EUR and XTAR-LANT (SPAINSAT).

The new satellites will enable XTAR and the Spanish governmental satellite operator Hisdesat to continue their partnership, with XTAR remaining the exclusive provider of Hisdesat capacity to the U.S. government.

The new satellites, SPAINSAT NG 1 and 2, will offer X, Mil-Ka and UHF bands. Both will include state-of-the-art features such as telemetry and command encryption, a digital payload offering flexible bandwidth and connectivity, and anti-jamming and geo-location capabilities. They will also feature NATO-compliant nuclear hardening.

“The XTAR team has been eagerly anticipating this news,” stated XTAR President and CEO Jay Icard. “The new satellites greatly expand our product offerings, enhancing our role as a provider of commercial infrastructure that complements the U.S. space enterprise with WGS-compatible capacity. Our nearly 20-year relationship with Hisdesat is a model for international cooperation with an allied partner to provide service to the U.S. military.”

“This announcement is quite revolutionary in the government communications satellites scenario as the new satellites have been designed to fulfill the expectations of government and military clients all over the world,” stated Miguel Ángel Panduro, CEO of Hisdesat. “This communication system stands out for its high reliability and resilience to nuclear events and interferences. It also incorporates the NATO and EU requirements, which will allow its use by the allied countries in the missions led by both institutions”.

Founded in 2001, XTAR is the first commercial satellite operator to provide services in the X-band frequency. XTAR is a privately-owned company backed by majority shareholder Loral Space & Communications of New York. XTAR launched its fleet without government funding, employing its own technical and financial resources for a system that is reserved exclusively for the benefit of the government user.

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