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Offline anik

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ICO Signs Launch Services and Dual Launch Study Agreement with ILS
http://www.ilslaunch.com/zmedia/newsarchives/newsreleases/rec35/

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I am a little surprised - i thought, the ICO MEO-constellation was dead.


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Skyrocket - 24/5/2007  3:41 PM

I am a little surprised - i thought, the ICO MEO-constellation was dead.


What do you think may have happened to bring this back to life?

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Interesting way of telling things:

"ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited (ICO) (NASDAQ: ICOG) today announced that it has signed a Launch Services and Dual Launch Study Agreement with ILS International Launch Services (ILS)."

So it is a "study agreement", isn't it?

"With this contract, ICO has established a Proton launch services agreement for up to five launches in the 2009 through 2011 timeframe."

So there's a study contract, but apparently not a firm launch contract.

"In addition, ILS will design and propose a dual launch capability for ICO's Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites."

Now that's interesting from a technical point of view.

The satellites have been reportdely being under construction at Hughes/Boeing for about 10 years. My guess is that they have been stockpiled while at various stage of integration and that ICO plans to dust them off and then to finish, test and launch (some of) them after it begins to get some RoI from its ICO-G1 satellite next year. In order to have some launch capability available at a fair price by 2009/2010, they have to book now.

If I remember well, the ICO MEO sats were based on a specific version of the HS-601 (now BSS-601) designated 601M. This may mean that they could not be easily refurbished into traditional GEO sats.
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Perhaps this announcement was made, to avoid cancellation of the ITU registration of the ICO-P frequency assignments

http://www.satnews.com/stories2007/4502/

Time will tell, what this agreement is worth.

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I'm afraid you're closer to reality than me.
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