The satellite operator Intelsat S.A. has selected Boeing to build the Intelsat 29e satellite, the first pf ots Intelsat EpicNG satellites. The Intelsat 29e will use the Boeing 702MP bus design (aka Boeing 702B). Scheduled for launch in 2015, Intelsat 29e will offer high-performance communications coverage spanning North and South America, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the North Atlantic aeronautical route connecting North America and Europe.
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An Ariane 5 ECA launched the Intelsat 20 and Hylas 2 satellites at 2054 GMT on 2 August from the Kourou launch site in French Guiana. Intelsat 20 will be used to provide video, telephone and data transmission services for Europe, Africa, Russia, Asia and the Middle East. Hylas 2 will be used to provide […]
At 1545 on 25 July, the Chinese data relay communications satellite Tianlian 1C has been launched on its way to geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) by a Long March 3C (CZ-3C) launch vehicle flying out of Xichang. The TianLian satellites are viewed by western space experts as being equivalent to NASA’s TDRS data relay satellites.
European commercial satellite operator Eutelsat has formally complained to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and to the Government of Saudi Arabia that its Eutelsat 25A communications satellite operated over the longitude of 25.5 degrees East in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) is being jammed by television signal interference.
It is sad to note that media sources are reporting the demise of the small satellite maker AeroAstro. According to the reports, Comtech Telecommunications Corp decided to shut down its AeroAstro devision after the US Navy cancelled the construction of its JMAPS mission spacecraft earlier this year.
An Ariane 5 ECA successfully launched the Echostar 17 and MSG 3 satellite at 2136 GMT on 5 July from the ELA 3 launch pad at Kourou in French Guiana. With a launch mass of 6100 kilograms the Echostar 17 satellite carries an all Ka band payload to supply internet broadband services to North America […]
Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system has reached a milestone of sorts with the retirement of the first technology validation spacecraft, GIOVE-A (Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element), which has been in orbit since December 2005. GIOVE-A’s mission – to secure vital frequency filings with the International Telecommunications Union, check the accuracy of a prototype rubidium atomic clock, […]
Flushed with success from its Falcon 9/Dragon launch to the International Space Station, Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) launch firm has announced that it now has a commercial launch contract with Intelsat to launch commercial communications satellites via its Falcon 9 Heavy rocket.
A Long March 3B/E launch vehicle successfully launched Chinasat 2A at 1556 GMT from the Xichang launch site in China on 26 May 2011. The communications satellite which is to be placed into Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) has a mass of 5,200kg.
An Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle successfully launched the Japansese commercial communications satellite JCSAT-13 along with the Vietnamese communications satellite Vinasat 2 at 2213 GMT from the Kourou launch site in French Guiana.
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