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The Camaraderie of the Intelsat 34 Launch Campaign

By Todd Schilb, Program Manager, Space Systems Acquisition Part of a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the launch of Intelsat 34 (IS-34). There is a special kind of esprit de corps one experiences as part of a launch campaign like that of Intelsat 34. Far away from home in tropical French...

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Final Standalone Intelsat 34 Operation Complete

By Todd Schilb, Program Manager, Space Systems Acquisition Part of a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the launch of Intelsat 34 (IS-34). It’s great to be back on-site to witness another satellite launch. It really never gets old and I’m happy to be taking up where Mohinder left off a...

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Launch Preparations Continue as Intelsat 34 Weighs in

By Mohinder Guru, Senior Manager, Intelsat Spacecraft Program Office. Part of a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the launch of Intelsat 34 (IS-34). It was a great day on Friday, when we completed the latest step in the process of getting ready for the 20 August launch of Intelsat 34. Tha...

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Let the Final Launch Preparations Begin: Intelsat 34 at the Guiana Space Center

By Mohinder Guru, Senior Manager, Intelsat Spacecraft Program Office (pictured) Part of a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the launch of Intelsat 34 (IS-34).  I’ve been so busy, I can’t believe it’s been more than a week since I stood on the runway and watched the touchdown of our...

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Intelsat 34: Our Next Satellite Set to Launch

By Mohinder Guru, Senior Manager, Intelsat Spacecraft Program Office (pictured) First in a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the launch of Intelsat 34 (IS-34). I never get tired of the astonishing feat of launching a satellite into space. This is my 12th launch while working for Intelsa...

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Integrating the Digital Payload into Intelsat 29e

By Peter Huang, Senior Manager, Space Systems Acquisition Part of a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the launch of Intelsat 29e (IS-29e), the first Intelsat EpicNG® high throughput satellite, set to be launched in early 2016. In an important milestone, the digital payload on IS-29e (pic...

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Putting the First High Throughput Satellite to the Test

By Peter Huang, Senior Manager, Space Systems Acquisition First in a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the construction and launch of Intelsat 29e, the first Intelsat EpicNG® high throughput satellite, set to be launched in early 2016. At Intelsat, we will be marking each milestone as we...

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Intelsat 30 Goes to Work

Intelsat 30, hosting the DLA-1 payload for DirecTV Latin America, was launched on 16 October, and has started service at its location of 95° West. Jean-Luc Froeliger, Vice President, Satellite Operations and Engineering, discussed the five-and-a-half week journey from lift-off to service. Tell us a...

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Testing Underway on Intelsat 30 Antenna

In this blog post, Dan Heil, Senior Program Manager, Space Systems Acquisition, explains the start of the In-Orbit Test phase of the Intelsat 30 satellite that was launched into orbit recently. The Intelsat 30 satellite has now been eased into a temporary orbital location at 132 degrees West Longitu...

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Deploying a Satellite’s Reflectors: Ready for Service

It’s been two weeks since the launch of Intelsat 30. In this blog post, Mohinder Guru, Senior Program Manager, Space Systems Acquisition, describes the deployment of the satellite’s reflectors. During launch, the four antenna reflectors were stowed against the East and West sides of the spacecra...

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Intelsat Announces Successful Launch of Intelsat 30

Luxembourg, 16 October 2014 – Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, today announced that an Ariane 5 vehicle successfully launched the Intelsat 30 satellite, which is hosting the DLA-1 payload for DIRECTV Latin America from French Guiana. Liftoff occurr...

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Three Questions about a Satellite Launch Answered

On the afternoon of the launch of the Intelsat 30 satellite, Jon Harborne, Senior Manager, Intelsat Spacecraft Program Office, answers some frequently asked questions about what happens during and just after the launch. Who controls the satellite when it’s launched? It’s a carefully choreogr...

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Intelsat 30/DLA-1 Ready for Liftoff!

By Todd Schilb, Program Manager, Space Systems Acquisition Sixth in a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the launch of Intelsat 30, which is hosting the DLA-1 payload for DirecTV Latin America. This is the final blog installment for the Intelsat 30 launch campaign.  We have completed the...

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Encapsulating Intelsat 30/DLA-1 for Its Journey into Space

By Todd Schilb, Program Manager, Space Systems Acquisition Fifth in a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the launch of Intelsat 30, which is hosting the DLA-1 payload for DirecTV Latin America. The campaign continues to proceed without interruptions or delays, and in this phase, the build...

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Intelsat 30/DLA-1 Flight Mate: Check!

By Todd Schilb, Program Manager, Space Systems Acquisition Fourth in a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the launch of Intelsat 30, which is hosting the DLA-1 payload for DirecTV Latin America. We are now less than two weeks from the 16 October launch and are in the beginning stages of g...

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Intelsat 30/DLA-1 Teams Come Together

By Jon Harborne, Senior Manager, Intelsat Spacecraft Program Office Third in a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the launch of Intelsat 30, which is hosting the DLA-1 payload for DirecTV Latin America. Intelsat 30/DLA-1 has successfully completed propulsion system checks, and preparation...

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Preparations Continue for the Intelsat 30/DLA-1 Launch

By Jon Harborne, Senior Manager, Intelsat Spacecraft Program Office Second in a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the launch of Intelsat 30, which is hosting the DLA-1 payload for DirecTV Latin America. Things here in French Guiana are proceeding as planned. Intelsat 30/DLA-1 (IS-30/DLA-...

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Intelsat 30 / DLA-1: the Journey Begins

By Jon Harborne, Senior Manager, Intelsat Spacecraft Program Office First in a series from Intelsat team members overseeing the launch of Intelsat 30, which is hosting the DLA-1 payload for DirecTV Latin America. I am pleased to report that Intelsat 30 arrived safe and sound at the launch base in Fr...

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