Intelsat 29e launched into orbit

Intelsat 29e, the first of the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites, has been launched successfully from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle.
The lift-off of Intelsat 29e occurred at 18:20 EST before it separated from the rocket’s upper stage after 38 minutes and signal acquisition was confirmed at 18:58 EST.
“Today’s launch represents a truly ‘epic’ moment in communication’s history, as we begin a new era of high throughput satellite services for our customers,” stated Stephen Spengler, CEO, Intelsat. “This is a testament to the innovation and creativity of the Intelsat team who envisioned the Intelsat EpicNG platform nearly four years ago. Through design expertise and a deep understanding of our customers’ requirements, the Intelsat EpicNG platform will deliver high performance, improved economics and simplified access that will expand the addressable market for our solutions.”
Manufactured by Boeing, Intelsat 29e will bring high throughput capacity in both C- and Ku-band to North and Latin America and the North Atlantic region.
Intelsat expects to launch the second Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 33e – which will serve Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia – in the third quarter of 2016, also aboard an Arianespace launcher.

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