A Sea Launch Zenit 3SL launch vehicle has successfully launched the Intelsat 21 satellite from a mobile platform in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
Arianespace’s upcoming mission is scheduled for August 2 with a dual payload consisting of the Intelsat 20 and Hylas 2 telecommunications relay spacecraft.
Intelsat has said that the south solar array on Intelsat 19 has deployed and the satellite was successfully transferred to geostationary orbit.
The new Intelsat 19 satellite, launched on June 1 from the Sea Launch facility, is facing severe difficulties after a delay in deploying one of its two solar arrays.
On the day that Facebook made much noise, Intelsat has filed its own IPO on Friday, bidding to raise around $1.75 billion (€1.37bn) for its common stock.
The Austrian DTH platform AustriaSat has added the KidsCo channel to its line-up. The channel is part of the basic tier and is transmitted in MPEG4/DVB-S2.
Satellite specialist Newtec has successfully tested its new high speed Ka-band technology for SES Broadband (previously called Astra2Connect).
Intelsat has announced a series of customer wins and contract extension in the African market. The satellite operator has three planned launches for 2012 that will add to its current fleet of 22 craft serving Africa.
Still more details have emerged about the future direction the Russian DTH platform operator Orion Express will take following its recent agreement with Intelsat.
Intelsat has secured two major deals with leading satellite platforms in Central and Eastern Europe.