Intelsat 29e arrives in Kourou in preparation for January launch

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

High-throughput spot beam Ku-band satellite connectivity has become one step closer with Intelsat 29e arriving at the Guiana Space Center for its 27 January launch.

The new satellite will be lofted into its 310°E geostationary orbit by an Ariane 5, where it will undergo in-orbit testing prior to its expected in-service date of mid-2016.

Manufactured by Boeing, Intelsat says it is equipped with the most advanced digital payload on a commercial spacecraft. Intelsat 29e will bring High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity in both C- and Ku-band to North and Latin America and the North Atlantic region, and is designed to be fully interoperable with the existing Intelsat satellite fleet and terrestrial infrastructure.

Intelsat EpicNG

The new satellite features a flexible high throughput payload design that is backward compatible with already-deployed user networks globally. This means that users like Panasonic Avionics can make the most of the enhanced throughout with its existing Ku-band equipment.

The amount of data traffic in Latin America is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 66 percent from 2014 through year-end of 2018.

The satellite will deliver enterprise-grade, broadband services to aero and maritime mobility service providers and users.

It combines wide and high performing spot beam designs facilitating combined broadcast and broadband applications within the same network. As previously announced, customers including Panasonic have committed to the Intelsat EpicNG fleet for mobility and fixed and mobile enterprise applications.

The satellite is currently scheduled for launch on 27 January 2016 during a window that is currently scheduled to open at 5:29 pm EST and closes at approximately 7:36pm EST.

The company says it expects to launch the second EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 33e, which will serve Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, in the third quarter of 2016.

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