Intelsat Completes Successful Launch of Horizons 3e C- and Ku-Band Satellite
Intelsat announced the successful launch of the Horizons 3e satellite aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. Liftoff occurred at 6:38 pm EDT. The Horizons 3e satellite separated from the rocket’s upper stage at 7:06 pm EDT. Signal acquisition has been confirmed.
Horizons 3e is owned by a joint venture between Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT. Built by Boeing and based on the Intelsat Epic [NG] design, Horizons 3e will bring high throughput satellite solutions in both C-and Ku-bands to Asia and the Pacific Ocean region from its orbital slot at 169E. The satellite will complete Intelsat Epic [NG] ’s global coverage and provide broadband, mobility, and government customers with unmatched performance, resiliency, and redundancy. Horizons 3e is expected to commence service in the first quarter of 2019.
“The demand for broadband connectivity has never been greater”, says Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s chief executive officer. “The proven and unique performance of the Intelsat Epic [NG] platform, combined with our global wide-beam satellite fleet, enables us to uniquely fulfill customer demands across a wide range of verticals and applications. Intelsat Epic [NG] ’s technology has enabled affordable and sustainable broadband connectivity to underserved communities around the world. 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 ensured secure, resilient connectivity for government customers. Along with our long-standing partner SKY Perfect JSAT, we look forward to helping our customers in the region expand their business and achieve their growth objectives.”
Horizons 3e is the first Intelsat Epic [NG] 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, advanced digital payload features full beam interconnectivity in three commercial bands and significant upgrades on power, efficiency, and coverage flexibility.
By matching satellite power usage to traffic demands, aeronautical and maritime mobility, fixed and wireless network operators, corporate enterprise and government customers can leverage the additional efficiency improvements to expand their network and applications across the Asia Pacific region. In addition to the power-sharing technology, Horizons 3e provides additional resiliency to the IntelsatOne Flex managed service platform, for use in enterprise, government, and mobility applications.