|Fate||acquisition, by Eutelsat|
|Parent||Loral Space & Communications|
In 2014, it was acquired by Eutelsat, and Eutelsat now operates the three satellites formerly operated by Satmex.
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SATMEX existed as a company from approximately 1997 until 2014, when it was acquired by Eutelsat. At the time of the acquisition in 2014, SATMEX had three operating satellites prior to the sale to Eutelsat: Satmex 8, Satmex 6, Satmex 5. The three communication satellites provide local, regional and continental coverage in C- and Ku-band:
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On May 21 Eutelsat Americas realigned its satellite names with the Eutelsat brand: Satmex 5 = EUTELSAT 115 West A; Satmex 6 = EUTELSAT 113 West A; Satmex 8 = EUTELSAT 117 West A.
March 7 Satmex was renamed Eutelsat Americas.
On January 2 Eutelsat Communications announced closure of the transaction to acquire 100% of the share capital of Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (“Satmex”) having obtained all required government and regulatory approvals. As previously communicated, the transaction amounts to 831 million$. Based in Mexico, Satmex operates three satellites at contiguous positions, 113° West (Satmex 6), 114.9° West (Satmex 5) and 116.8° West (Satmex 8) that cover 90% of the population of the Americas.
The restructuring process of SATMEX begins, as well as the construction of the SATMEX_8 satellite to replace SATMEX_5.
Development and implementation of the first Strategic Map, that consolidates the company's strategic objectives for the next five years.
Thus allowing SATMEX to become one of the preeminent satellite companies in the world by efficiently employing its resources for the benefit of SATMEX and its shareholders.
SATMEX is certified with ISO 9001:2000 in Engineering and Satellite Operations including the Traffic and Customer Support Departments.
This certification accounts for our two control centers, engineering and satellite operations, access and satellite monitoring and customer support.
The first SATMEX’s Users Group meeting in Cancun, Mexico.
Internationalization and growth of revenue base. Robust participation of the company in financial and industry forums worldwide. Solidaridad 1 is lost due to a short circuit generated by the growth of tin filaments in the redundant processor.
The new management team isincorporated to the company. New administration tools and executive management are integrated to consolidate a new SATMEX.
On December 5, SATMEX_5 is launched into space aboard an Ariane 4L launch vehicle departing from Kourou, French Guiana.
Hughes is asked to build the Morelos 3 (today SATMEX_5) with coverage for the C and Ku bands throughout the Americas.
June 26: The Fixed Satellite Services section of Telecomm is registered under Mexican law and was constituted as the company Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (SATMEX). The company is still owned by the Mexican State. After performing a public tenure[clarification needed], the alliance integrated by Principia and Loral Space & Communications acquires 75% of SATMEX. The Mexican government owns 25% with non-voting capabilities in the council. SATMEX attracts an investment[by whom?] of U.S. $ 645 million to Mexico.
1995 – 1996
Beginning of the privatization process of the Fixed Satellite Services sector of Telecomm.
October 7: Launch of Solidaridad 2 aboard an Ariane 4 from Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite successfully reaches its orbital position at 113 ° W.
In May opens de Satellite Control Center in Hermosillo
November 19: Launch of Solidaridad 1 aboard an Ariane 4 from Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite successfully reaches its orbital position of 109.2 ° W.
May: Telecomm hires Hughes for the construction of the Solidaridad Satellites. It consists of two HS-601 geostationary satellites with tri-axial stabilization, which were designed to provide C-band services in México, the southern United States and the rest of Latin America, with Ku-band services in Mexico and the United States.
June 17: Morelos I is launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the 51-G manned mission of NASA.
The satellite successfully reaches the 113 ° W orbital position, with national coverage.
Construction of Iztapalapa Control Center, located in Mexico City.
November 27: Morelos II was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the shuttle Atlantis (OV-104), on NASA's manned mission 61-B, in which the first Mexican astronaut participated. The satellite occupied the orbital position of 116.8 ° W, with national coverage.
The Communications and Transports Secretary (SCT) hires Hughes to build the Mexican satellite system "Morelos" (two HS-376 geostationary satellites, stabilized by rotation).
Capacity of an Intelsat satellite is used for domestic services.
Mexico becomes a subscriber of the Intelsat system. The first Mexican satellite facilities in the state of Hidalgo. The transmission of the Olympic Games[which?] is made through color television.
Eutelsat 115 West B (former SATMEX 7) and Eutelsat 117 West B (former SATMEX9) were ordered by Satmex but after the aquisition by Eutelsat were renemed. Both are built on Boeing 702SP satellite bus are to be launched in pairs with similar ABS 3A and ABS 2A satellites. First pair was launched launched on SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle 2015-03-02 and second is scheduled for launch later in 2015.
SATMEX has two different types of Control Centers. The Satellite Control Centers are responsible for the operation of Satmex's satellite fleet, and they are located in Mexico City and in Hermosillo, Sonora.
The Communications Control Centers (CCC) monitor the signals sent through Satmex's satellites and verify that users are operating within the assigned parameters. Satmex has Communications Control Centers in its corporate offices and in the both Satellite Control Centers.
|Name||Manufacturer||Start||Rocket||Launch site||NSSDC-ID||GEO position||Notes|
|Morelos 1||Hughes||17/6/1985||Discovery (STS-51-G)||KSC||1985-048B||113 W||Decommissioned|
|Morelos 2||Hughes||27/11/1985||Atlantis (STS-61-B)||KSC||1985-109B||116.8 W||Decommissioned|
|Solidaridad 1||Hughes||17/11/1993||Ariane 4||Kourou||1993-073A||109.2 W||Decommissioned|
|Solidaridad 2||Hughes||17/10/1994||Ariane 4||Kourou||1994-065A||114.9 W||Decommissioned|
|Satmex 5||Hughes||05/12/1998||Ariane 4||Kourou||1998-070A||114.9 W||Original name: Morelos 3; current status: Unknown.|
|Satmex 6||Space Systems/Loral||27/05/2006||Ariane 5||Kourou||2006-020A||113.0 W||Operational|
|Satmex 7||Boeing||Falcon 9 v1.1||KSC||planned 2014|
|Satmex 8||Space Systems/Loral||26/03/2013||Proton-M||Baikonur||2013-012A||116.8 W||Operational|
|Satmex 9||Boeing||Falcon 9 v1.1||KSC||planned 2015|
- "History of Satmex". SATMEX. 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
- "Eutelsat Americas aligns satellite names with Eutelsat brand". Eutelsatamericas.com. 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2015-03-07.
- Svitak, Amy (2014-03-10). "SpaceX Says Falcon 9 To Compete For EELV This Year". Aviation Week. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
But the Falcon 9 is not just changing the way launch-vehicle providers do business; its reach has gone further, prompting satellite makers and commercial fleet operators to retool business plans in response to the low-cost rocket. In March 2012, Boeing announced the start of a new line of all-electric telecommunications spacecraft, the 702SP, which are designed to launch in pairs on a Falcon 9 v1.1. Anchor customers Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) of Hong Kong and Mexico's SatMex plan to loft the first two of four such spacecraft on a Falcon 9 in December in a launch window that opens this year, though SatMex owner Eutelsat said last month that the launch has moved to early 2015. Using electric rather than chemical propulsion will mean the satellites take months, rather than weeks, to reach their final orbital destination. But because all-electric spacecraft are about 40% lighter than their conventional counterparts, the cost to launch them is considerably less than that for a chemically propelled satellite.
- Krebs, Gunter (2012-06-27). "Satmex 7". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
- Krebs, Gunter (2014-05-01). "Satmex 9". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
- Satélites Mexicanos S.A. de C. V.
- Hoovers fact sheet for satmex
- Pressure Builds on Satmex After Satellite Propulsion System Failure