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  • 100th flight of Ariane 5 rocket orbits 2 telecommunications satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 25th, 2018

    KOUROU, French Guiana -- Europe’s flagship heavy-lift Ariane 5 rocket flew to space for the 100th time in history on Tuesday, delivering the Horizons 3e and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 telecommunications satellites into orbit.

  • SpaceX scrubs Falcon 9 launch 2nd day in a row

    Derek RichardsonJuly 3rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — For the second day in a row, SpaceX has scrubbed the planned liftoff of its Falcon 9 rocket with the Intelsat 35e communications satellite. Like the July 2 attempt, this scrub was also for technical reasons.

  • OneWeb investor to buy legacy satellite provider Intelsat

    Bart LeahyMarch 4th, 2017

    TOKYO, Japan — On February 28, SoftBank Group Corp., a 40 percent partner in the satellite internet company OneWeb Ltd., announced that it will buy up Intelsat SA in a debt-swap deal that injects $1.7 billion into Intelsat and reduces the legacy satellite company’s debt by $3.6 billion. The merged entity will provide global communications and high-speed internet worldwide.

  • Ariane 5 lofts two communications satellites for Intelsat

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 24th, 2016

    Thundering off the launch pad at Kourou in French Guiana, an Ariane 5 booster took to the skies on Wednesday, Aug. 24, to deliver the Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 communications satellites into orbit. The mission, designated VA232 in Arianespace’s numbering system, lifted off at 5:55 p.m. EDT (21:55 GMT) from the Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3).

  • Arianespace to launch two Intelsat communications satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 22nd, 2016

    Arianespace is in the final stage of preparations to conduct its sixth mission of the year by launching two Intelsat communications satellites into orbit on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The spacecraft, designated Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36, will take to the skies from the Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) in Kourou, French Guiana, atop an Ariane 5 booster. The launch window starts at 5:55 p.m. EDT (21:55 GMT) and extends for 45 minutes.

  • Intelsat taps Orbital ATK’s MEV-1 to extend life of orbiting satellites

    Jason RhianApril 13th, 2016

    Orbital ATK has announced that Intelsat has selected the firm to launch the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) – as soon as 2018. What this means is that if things go according to plan, the spacecraft could service and thereby extend the lives of satellites.

  • Looking back as Intelsat 603 mission ends in satellite “graveyard”

    Collin SkocikFebruary 26th, 2015

    Intelsat 603 has officially reached its end. For 23 years, the Intelsat 603 satellite, or IS-603, relayed telephone calls using HS-376-type transponders which could relay an estimated 120,000 telephone calls at the same time. In January of 2013, the satellite was deactivated and was removed from geostationary orbit (GEO), but it was another two years before it was […]