Intelsat’s Horizons 3e satellite has been successfully launched on an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch of Horizons 3e completes Intelsat EpicNG’s global coverage, and is expected to commence service in Q1 2019.
Based on Intelsat EpicNG design, Horizons 3e is built by Boeing, and owned by a joint venture between Intelsat and Sky Perfect JSAT. Horizons 3e is located at the 169oE orbital location, and will bring high throughput satellite (HTS) solutions in both C- and Ku-bands to Asia and the Pacific Ocean region.
Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat, commented: “The demand for broadband connectivity has never been greater. The performance of the Intelsat EpicNGplatform, combined with our global wide-beam satellite fleet, enables us to fulfil customer demands across a wide range of verticals and applications.”
Horizons 3e is the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite to feature a multiport amplifier that enables power portability across all Ku-band spot beams. With the multiport amplifier, power can be adjusted to each beam to meet customer throughput demands. This enhanced digital payload features full beam interconnectivity in three commercial bands, and upgrades on power, efficiency and coverage flexibility.
“Intelsat EpicNG’s technology has enabled affordable and sustainable broadband connectivity to underserved communities around the world,” Spengler concluded. “It has delivered high-quality and resilient connectivity to businesses in urban and remote regions, provided airline and cruise passengers with simple, high-speed connectivity for their entertainment and business needs, and ensure secure connectivity for government customers.”
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