Space Systems/Loral (SSL) says it has been selected to build a commercial communications satellite for Latin American satellite operator Star One, a subsidiary of Brazilian telecom company Embratel.

SSL announced the contract July 18, though the customer was not disclosed.

Dubbed Star One D1, the satellite is to be equipped with C-, Ku- and Ka-band payloads and will be used for telecommunications, television broadcast, broadband, Internet access and other services such as digital inclusion in Brazil and in the Latin American region. The spacecraft will also support the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to help Star One provide much-needed services that will improve the human experience in Brazil and throughout Latin America,” said SSL President John Celli in an Aug. 15 statement. “This is the second satellite that we are building for Star One, and there is no better endorsement of our success than a customer returning to work with us again. Star One and SSL share a commitment to high quality and reliability and we look forward to continuing our close working relationship.”

Based on the SSL 1300 platform, Star One D1 is scheduled for launch in early 2016 and will be located at 84 deg. West longitude.

As the largest commercial satellite operator in Latin America, Star One operates seven spacecraft, a fleet that will grow to eight by late 2014 when the company lofts the SSL-built Star One C4 atop an Ariane 5 ECA heavy-lift rocket from Kourou, French Guiana.