Telesat ordered in April 2016 two prototype Ka-band HTS (High Throughput Satellite) communication satellites, yet unnamed, as part of a test and validation phase for an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation that Telesat is developing.
Telesat will test and demonstrate two distinct spacecraft in LEO, a key step in optimizing the design and performance of Telesatís contemplated LEO constellation. One of the satellite will be built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) of Palo Alto, California, with UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) as subcontractor for providing the bus, and the other by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL).
Both satellites will be launched by late 2017.
|Type / Application:||Experimental Communication|
|Contractors:||SS/Loral (prime), UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) (bus)|
|Power:||Solar arrays, batteries|
|"Telesat LEO HTS 1"||-||2017||with ?|