Intelsat 33e arrives in French Guiana for August 24 launch

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

Intelsat 33e, the second of the EpicNG series of high throughput satellites (HTS), has arrived at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will undergo final preparations before its scheduled launch on an Ariane 5 rocket on 24 August, 2016.

Manufactured by Boeing and equipped “with the most advanced digital payload on a commercial spacecraft”, Intelsat 33e will extend the company’s high throughput capacity in both C- and Ku-band from the Americas to include Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean regions.

Intelsat EpicNG

Intelsat EpicNG features an exceptionally flexible HTS payload design that is backward compatible with already deployed user networks globally.

The higher performance, better economics and simplified access of the EpicNG design are built to address an expected $3.2 billion incremental revenue opportunity related to new demand for satellite-based infrastructure in the enterprise, wireless infrastructure, aeronautical and maritime mobility, government and Internet of Things sectors by the year 2021

The amount of global data traffic is expected to surge at a compound annual growth rate of 53 percent from 2015 through year-end 2020.

The flexible and open architecture of Intelsat 29e, Intelsat 33e and future EpicNG satellites will enable fixed and mobile network operators to cost-effectively extend their networks and meet the surges in broadband demand across the continents.

Intelsat 33e will also deliver enterprise-grade, broadband services to aeronautical service providers and users.

The satellite combines wide and high-performing spot beams facilitating combined live television and broadband applications within the same network.

Aeronautical customers, such as Gogo and Panasonic Avionics, have committed to the EpicNG fleet for mobility and fixed and mobile enterprise applications.

The satellite is currently scheduled for launch on 24 August 2016 during a window that is currently scheduled to open at 5:55 pm EDT and closes at 6:40pm EDT.

Following a successful launch, Intelsat 33e will be placed at the 60°E orbital location, where it will undergo in-orbit testing prior to its expected in-service date at the end of 2016.

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