Communications

World-class supplier of communication satellites, and satellite antenna subsystems

Fifty years heritage of performance and reliability, spanning hundreds of satellites

  • Over 70 satellites operational today
  • More commercial communication capacity on-orbit than any other supplier
  • Approximately 25% of U.S. Government satellite communications flow through SSL-built commercial satellites

Global well-established customer base in a strong market

  • Customers include Communication satellite fleet operators and manufacturers, representing a market based on strong demand drivers

World class manufacturing, integration and test facilities in the U.S. and Canada

  • 1.3 million square foot state-of-the-art facilities in Palo Alto, California
  • 365,000 square foot of facilities in Montreal, Canada

Communication solutions include:

 

MARKET DEMAND DRIVERS
Satellite Communications represent a global market driven by strong enterprise and consumer demand

Market Drivers 1 Market Drivers 2 Market Drivers 3
Direct-to-home Television Business Broadband/Internet Data and Voice Communication
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Satellite Radio Consumer Broadband/Internet Mobile Communications
Billions of people around the world depend on MDA-built satellites and subsystems everyday.
 
COMMUNICATION SATELLITES
For direct broadcasting, broadband internet, and voice and data communications

Premier supplier of geostationary communication satellites to satellite fleet operators:

  • More than 50 satellites for Intelsat
  • Supplier to most top operators (i.e. Echostar, Telesat, SES, Eutelsat, JSAT, AsiaSat, etc.)

Industry leader in advanced high throughput satellites for broadband internet services:

  • Supplier to Hughes, NBNCO, Thaicom, Viasat, etc.
  • Many multi-mission satellites (serving multiple regions or purposes)
  • Over 40 Ka-band payloads fielded

Leading supplier of direct broadcast satellites:

  • 17 direct TV broadcast satellites built for Echostar and DirecTV
  • Largest supplier of direct radio broadcast satellites for Sirius XM

Supplier of hosted payload services

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COMMUNICATION SUBSYSTEMS
For Prime Contractors of commercial and defence communication satellites worldwide

Antennas and Electronics
MDA is the world’s largest independent commercial supplier of communication satellite antennas across C, Ku, Ka, L, and UHF bands. MDA also provides advanced RF, Power Electronics, and Digital Solutions for satellite payloads.

Payloads
In selected cases, MDA offers complete payload solutions to emerging satellite prime contractors.