An artist's rendering of the EpicNG
LUXEMBOURG – Intelsat, a provider of satellite services, announced that the Intelsat 29e, the first of the Intelsat EpicNG high performance satellites, is set to launch on Jan. 27, 2016, aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
Manufactured by Boeing, the EpicNGsatellite operates in both C-and Ku-band, and will provide commercial and government customers access to high throughput capabilities. Located at 310° East, Intelsat 29e will replace Intelsat 1R and Intelsat 805 and will enable the delivery of enterprise-grade, broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aero and maritime mobility service providers, and to government customers operating throughout the Americas.
“With broadband demands only increasing, Intelsat 29e will enable our customers to extend the reach of their networks and provide high quality, fast, reliable connectivity, whether they are serving end users in flight, at sea or increasing the amount of throughput on existing broadband infrastructure,” said Stephen Spengler, chief executive officer of Intelsat.
Intelsat 29e marks the first of Intelsat’s next generation EpicNG satellite fleet that combines wide beams and spot beams with frequency-reuse technology to meet the need for broadband connectivity worldwide. Intelsat29e will be the 56th Intelsat satellite orbited by Arianespace and the first dedicated launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket for Intelsat. Intelsat expects to launch the second Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 33e, which will serve Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, in the third quarter of 2016.