XTAR, LLC headquartered in Herndon VA, USA is the first commercial satellite operator that provides services in the X-band frequency range (7.25 – 8.4GHz), a band reserved exclusively for government and military users. XTAR is a privately held company owned by majority shareholder Loral Space & Communications of New York. XTAR also enjoys investment and support from minority shareholder HisdeSAT Strategic Services SA, located in Spain.
XTAR is unique in providing support exclusively for the benefit of military and government users (diplomatic, humanitarian, and emergency disaster response operations). NATO-members and countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America rely on XTAR to deliver critical services such as border security, information gathering and relief to people in need. XTAR also enables mobile command posts, disaster response operations, special operations platforms on land and sea, and airborne sensor data operating in the harshest environments.
The company launched their satellites without any government funding, employing its own technical and financial resources for a system that is reserved exclusively for the benefit of the government user.
XTAR, LLC was founded in 2001 and began operations in 2005 with the launch of XTAR-EUR, currently at the orbital position of 29° E longitude. Fully owned and operated by XTAR, the XTAR-EUR satellite hosts a NATO-configurable payload designed to support an European customer. A year later, XTAR-LANT was placed into orbit. It is a hosted payload on the SpainSat satellite located at 30° W longitude.
As an early adopter of the hosted payload model (in the role of both host and hosted), XTAR has long been an innovator in leveraging new operational and business models in satellite communications.
XTAR’s team of dedicated satellite industry professional served the needs of government and military users for many years, and is now exploring options to expand its fleet. It is actively engaging with government policy makers and military acquisition authorities to ensure that the systems and processes incorporated in these expansion plans fully address the requirements of the government and military user in the upcoming decade.
On October 5th, 2007, XTAR parent company Loral Space & Communications, Inc., and the Public Pension Investment Board of Canada received the final regulatory approval necessary to complete the acquisition of Telesat from BCE Inc. for CAD $3.25 billion. The acquisition closed on October 31st, 2007, with Loral owning 64% of Telesat.
At the same time, Telesat Canada merged with Loral Skynet, a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications. This resulted in the transfer of all assets of Loral Skynet to Telesat.
Orbital Position: 30° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 11 Mar 2006
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years
Note: HisdeSAT leases 5 transponders on XTAR-LANT to the Spanish Ministry of Defense and brands under SpainSat-1.