Communications satellite services provider Intelsat’s next generation satellite Intelsat 29e, which is having most advanced digital payload, was successfully launched from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle. The mission, designated VA228, successfully inserted the Intelsat 29e satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).
- Intelsat 29e replaces Intelsat 1R and will be placed into service at 310° east.
- Intelsat 29e is the 56th Intelsat satellite launched by Arianespace.
- It is the first satellite of Intelsat’s next generation, all digital EpicNG satellite platforms, which combines wide beams and spot beams with frequency reuse technology and the sector’s most advanced digital payload.
Manufacturers of Intelsat 29e
It is manufactured by Boeing. Its platform is based on the Boeing 702MP spacecraft design with a liftoff mass of over 6,550 kg. It is the 51st Boeing-built satellite to be launched by Arianespace.
What Intelsat 29e will provide?
It will enable customers to smoothly access capacity as per their needs in a particular region as the digital payload will provide customers a pioneering security and flexibility.
- The next generation Intelsat EpicNG is optimized to provide satellite connectivity for applications including internet, enterprise, wireless infrastructure, aeronautical and maritime mobility and government.
- It is expected to provide a combined $3 billion incremental opportunity by the year 2020.
Apart from above, 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.