Space and Communications Group will build three synchronous satellites for the Navy and maritime industry under a $40 million contract awarded by the Communications Satellite Corporation.
The contract calls for three multi-frequency spacecraft, each with a five-year lifetime design. One satellite will be placed over the Atlantic, one over the Pacific, and the third will be held in reserve.
The system, Comsat reported, is to begin service by the fall of 1974. Each of the satellites will be capable of providing a variety of communication services, including voice, teletype, facsimile, and high-speed data transmission.
Les Gustafson, a veteran member of the Hughes space team, has been named program manager. Dave Braverman is the manager of systems engineering.
The program has been assigned to the Commercial Satellite Systems Division under Manager Harold Rosen.