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Intelsat successfully launches final Epic satellite

Intelsat has confirmed that it has successfully launched the final satellite in its EpicNG high throughput satellite (HTS) programme, with the Horizons 3e satellite taking off from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The satellite separated from the rocket’s upper stage shortly after lift-off, and signal acquisition was completed as planned.

Horizons 3e is owned by a joint venture between Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT of Japan. Built by Boeing, Horizons 3e will provide C-and Ku-band coverage to Asia and the Pacific Ocean region. The satellite is expected to commence service in the first quarter of 2019, the company said.

“The demand for broadband connectivity has never been greater,” said Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s chief executive officer.

“The proven and unique performance of the Intelsat EpicNG platform, combined with our global wide-beam satellite fleet, enables us to uniquely fulfil customer demands across a wide range of verticals and applications.”

“Intelsat EpicNG’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.”

Horizons 3e is the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite to feature a multiport amplifier that enables power portability across all Ku-band spot beams, allowing power to be adjusted to each beam to meet customer throughput demands.{/mprestriction}

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