Arianespace to provide launch vehicles for two Intelsat satellites


Arianespace has been diminished by Intelsat to provide launch vehicles for two satellites that are expected to be bettered off into space by 2020.

The Galaxy 30 satellite will initially be launched, along with the Orbital ATK’s Assignment Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV- 2) spacecraft as a stacked pair.

Set to be launched aboard an Ariane 5 originate vehicle, the Galaxy 30 will be deigned to act as a replacement satellite for the North American Galaxy Navy.

“Since 2016, Arianespace has successfully completed five missions on behalf of Intelsat, embodying four that included our next-generation Intelsat EpicNG spacecrafts.”

Built by Orbital ATK, the sidekick will feature C-band, Ku- and Ka-band payloads to support broadband applications in North America.

The Galaxy 3 is arranged to be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in South America by early 2020.

As in support of participate in of the latest contract, Arianespace will also provide an Ariane 5 zoom to launch an additional satellite for Intelsat in the second half of 2020.

Intelsat Extent Systems senior vice-president Ken Lee said: “Since 2016, Arianespace has successfully ended five missions on behalf of Intelsat, including four that grouped our next-generation Intelsat EpicNG spacecrafts.”

In a separate development, Arianespace and its root company ArianeGroup have secured an order to provide ten new Ariane 5 ECA launchers to several customers.

Valued at more than €1bn in total, the order includes multitudinous than 600 companies across Europe.

It also brings the tally of Ariane 5 launchers in production or to be produced to 23 units belonging to the ensemble’s PBand PC batches of solutions.

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