Satellite operator and inflight connectivity provider, Intelsat, has reported the successful launch of Intelsat 40e (IS-40e), a geosynchronous satellite that makes use of spot-beam technology. The satellite will be used to provide ‘a large amount of capacity’ over North America for Intelsat’s commercial aviation, mobility and network service customers.
The Maxar-manufactured IS-40e satellite launched aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 12:30am EDT on 7th April. IS-40e separated from the vehicle at 1:02am EDT, and Intelsat confirmed its signal acquisition at 1:14am EDT. When IS-40e becomes operational in May, the satellite will be positioned at 91 degrees West.
“The IS-40e high-throughput technology serves as a significant commitment to our North American commercial aviation, mobility and network customers,” said Dave Wajsgras, CEO of Intelsat. “As we continue to refresh our fleet of satellites and add capacity, Intelsat is focused on providing the best value and service for our customers and their end users. The satellite also includes a NASA payload that will be the first instrument to monitor air pollution across North America from geostationary orbit.”
Intelsat says that IS-40e will deliver a wide range of services and coverage, including the following benefits for inflight connectivity customers: the incremental high-throughput capacity added into Intelsat’s commercial aviation network will provide passengers with an enhanced user experience from coast-to-coast; and high-speed connectivity will be added into Intelsat’s Flex network to support growth for inflight connectivity for business jets and government aviation.