Delivering secure satellite service and proven capabilities to the government and military user is XTAR’s fundamental objective. Each and every day, our customer-focused team employs the best available commercial resources and practices along with a heritage of innovative thinking to enable the government mission.
Founded in 2001, XTAR, LLC, is the first commercial satellite operator to provide services in the X-band frequency. XTAR is a privately owned company backed by majority shareholder Loral Space & Communications of New York. XTAR also enjoys investment and support from minority shareholder Hisdesat Strategic Services SA. XTAR launched its fleet without government funding, employing its own technical and financial resources for a system that is reserved exclusively for the benefit of the government user.
XTAR began operations with the launch of XTAR-EUR to 29 degrees East longitude in February 2005. Fully owned and operated by XTAR, the XTAR-EUR satellite hosts a NATO-configurable payload designed to support an anchor European customer. A year later, XTAR-LANT was placed into orbit. It is a hosted payload on the SPAINSAT satellite located at 30 degrees West 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 professionals has been serving the needs of government and military users for over a decade, 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 needs of the government and military user in the upcoming decade.