February 17, 2017 – Global satellite operator, Intelsat has reported the successful launch of its Intelsat 32e satellite, which is designed to overlay certain beams of its Intelsat 29e satellite in order to increase available throughput in the highly trafficked Caribbean and North Atlantic routes. The 32e – the third satellite in the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput fleet – is also intended to provide resiliency for mobility network service providers servicing shipping and air routes.
Intelsat 32e was launched on February 14 aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from French Guiana, with signal acquisition confirmed from its orbit location at 317º East. You can expect further good news from Intelsat in the near future too…
“This is the first of three Intelsat EpicNG satellite launches planned for 2017 as we continue to deploy our high-performance overlay on the world’s first globalized network. With the addition of Intelsat 32e, Intelsat is now the only satellite operator with HTS resiliency over the world’s busiest air route,” said Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat.
Intelsat’s next planned launch is Intelsat 35e, scheduled aboard a SpaceX Falcon flight in the second quarter of 2017.