Posted on: 13 November 2015 by Mark Howells
Intelsat has scheduled the launch of Intelsat 29e, its first Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellite, for 27 January, 2016.
“This is an exciting time for our company, with Intelsat leading the way with new satellite-based solutions that address the needs of our always-connected world,” stated Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s CEO. “With broadband demands only increasing, Intelsat 29e will enable our customers to extend the reach of their networks and provide high quality, fast, reliable connectivity, whether they are serving end users in-flight, at sea or increasing the amount of throughput on existing broadband infrastructure.”
Intelsat’s EpicNG satellites operate in both C- and Ku-band, and are fully interoperable with the entire Intelsat satellite fleet. Intelsat 29e combines wide beams and spot beams with frequency reuse technology to meet customers’ growing demand for broadband connectivity worldwide.
To date, companies such as Harris CapRock, Panasonic, EMC (formerly MTN), Axesat and national telecom operators in Latin America will be among the first to deploy services on the platform.
The launch will take place aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Intelsat29e will be the 56th Intelsat satellite orbited by Arianespace and the first dedicated launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket for Intelsat.
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.