Intelsat S.A. is celebrating the successful launch of Intelsat 39, a satellite intended to provide video distribution and connectivity services for aeronautical and maritime service providers, mobile network operators, enterprises and governmental entities operating in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Intelsat 39 is expected to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Manufactured by Maxar Technologies and launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, Intelsat 39 lifted off at 15:30 EDT. The satellite separated from the rocket’s upper stage at 15:59 pm EDT and signal acquisition has been confirmed.
Intelsat 39 features wide-beams and high-powered steerable spot beams to deliver high-speed connectivity services. The steerable beams are intended to provide additional flexibility, enabling customers to rapidly reposition their service to respond to changing application or geographic requirements. The satellite’s C-and Ku-band capabilities will also add scale to Intelsat’s Flex managed services, enhancing mobile connectivity for aeronautical, maritime, enterprise, and government customers operating across these geographical areas. Intelsat 39 will replace Intelsat 902 at the 62ºE orbital location.