First Intelsat EpicNG HTS satellite to launch 27 January

Artist's impression of an Intelsat EpicNG satellite.
Artist’s impression of an Intelsat EpicNG satellite.

Intelsat says its Ku-band Intelsat 29e, the first of its EpicNG high throughput satellites (HTS), is now scheduled to launch on January 27, 2016.

It will be launched aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana.

Manufactured by Boeing, Intelsat’s EpicNG satellites operate in both C-and Ku-band, and are fully interoperable with the entire Intelsat satellite fleet.

The Intelsat EpicNG satellites will operate an advanced digital payload, providing commercial and government customers with access to high throughput capabilities, which will result in a flexible broadband infrastructure that will scale to meet their needs.

Located at 310° East, Intelsat 29e will replace Intelsat 1R and Intelsat 805.

The payload will enable the delivery of enterprise-grade, broadband services to aero service providers, and to government customers, operating throughout the Americas.

The satellite will also provide spot beams for mobility customers serving the heavily-trafficked North Atlantic region.

Panasonic Avionics is said to be among the first to deploy services on the platform.

Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat, said: “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.

“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.

“With 2016 fast approaching, Intelsat 29e is completed and awaiting shipment to the launch site. Intelsat continues to work closely with Boeing and Arianespace to ensure that it is ready for its planned January launch date and to mark the next evolution in Intelsat’s longstanding history of innovation.”

Intelsat 29e marks the first of Intelsat’s next-generation EpicNG satellite fleet that combines wide beams and spot beams with frequency reuse technology to meet the growing demand for broadband connectivity worldwide.

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.

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