The Intelsat 34 satellite was launched successfully from French Guiana on Friday aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle.
Liftoff occurred at 4:34 pm EDT with the satellite separating from the rocket’s upper stage 40 minutes after launch. Intelsat says signal acquisition has been confirmed.
Intelsat 34 is a C- and Ku-band satellite that will be placed into service at its 304.5ºE orbital location.
As well as other payloads the SSL-built Intelsat 34 includes a specialised Ku-band system serving the North Atlantic that will support broadband services for the aeronautical sector.
Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat, said: “Intelsat 34 is a great example of the breadth of services that Intelsat’s satellites are able to provide to communities around the world.
“With services spanning from DTH and cable programming distribution, to broadband for vessels and planes traversing the North Atlantic, Intelsat 34 demonstrates our role in delivering broadband infrastructure and media distribution with superior reliability.
“We are thrilled with today’s successful launch and look forward to our next two launches which are scheduled for the first quarter of 2016, including the first of our EpicNG satellites, Intelsat 29e.”
EpicNG will be a major step forward for Intelsat. It will feature both wide and spot Ku-band beams, giving a total capacity of about 25-60Gbps per satellite. This translates to around 200Mbps per spot beam with the new high throughout satellite (HTS) services.
EpicNG will feature an open architecture and backward compatibility, allowing the use of existing network infrastructure. But it will also be forward compatible as ground technology advances