The commercial communications satellite operator which is based in Canada, Telesat, has awarded two contracts for test communications satellites to operate in Ka-band. One of these orders goes to SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Limited), a UK-based subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space. The second construction order has been awarded US based firm with the similar sounding and thus confusing acronym SSL (formerly known as Space Systems/Loral) which is actually owned by Canadian firm MDA Corp. Telesat anticipates launching mid-to-late 2017 as part of a test and validation phase for an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation that Telesat is developing.
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