LightSquared has successfully launched its SkyTerra 1 satellite. The Proton Breeze M vehicle lifted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome at 12:29 p.m. EST yesterday, followed by spacecraft separation and on-schedule signal acquisition nine hours later at approximately 9:45 p.m. EST.
The satellite, a Boeing 702HP built by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, is designed to provide wireless mobile services to millions of subscribers. LightSquared’s SkyTerra 1 satellite features a 22-meter L-band reflector-based antenna. The satellite, among the most powerful commercial satellites ever built, will provide ubiquitous nationwide coverage and enable integrated satellite-terrestrial service using products that are similar to today’s typical mobile devices in terms of size, capabilities and build costs.?
“LightSquared is launching the world’s first truly integrated satellite-terrestrial network, combining our 4G-LTE terrestrial network with ubiquitous satellite coverage that will connect rural America and support emergency communications,” said Sanjiv Ahuja, chairman and CEO for LightSquared.