Boeing 702MP Selected for First Intelsat EpicNG Satellite
Intelsat 29e, the first of the Intelsat EpicNG satellites, scheduled for launch in 2015
El Segundo, Calif. and Luxembourg, 4 September 2012
Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, has selected a Boeing [NYSE: BA] 702MP platform for its Intelsat 29e satellite, the first within the recently announced Intelsat EpicNG high-performance system.
“Our customers require an advanced architecture specially designed to meet their fixed and mobile communications needs,” said Intelsat SVP and chief technical officer Thierry Guillemin. “With higher throughput, strong economics and a degree of control that meets our customers’ business requirements, Intelsat EpicNG caters to this environment. Its architecture combines multi-band frequency reuse with the benefits of backward and forward compatibility, resulting in a high-performance solution not previously available in the commercial satellite sector. We selected Boeing because they were able to meet this challenge.”
Scheduled for launch in 2015, Intelsat 29e will offer high-performance communications coverage spanning North and South America, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the North Atlantic aeronautical route connecting North America and Europe.
Intelsat EpicNG is designed to address wireless and fixed telecommunications, enterprise, mobility, video and government applications that require broadband infrastructure. A complementary high-throughput overlay to the Intelsat fleet, the Intelsat EpicNG platform will utilize multiple frequency bands, wide beams and spot beams with a high degree of flexibility and connectivity.
“Boeing is proud to have been selected to build the Intelsat 29e satellite, which is designed to raise the industry bar for performance and reliability and offer customers unparalleled flexibility and control,” said Craig Cooning, chief executive officer of Boeing Satellite Systems International and vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. “Intelsat’s choice of the 702MP for the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite reflects our commitment to meeting the advanced requirements of next generation technologies.”
With Intelsat 29e, the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat completes its four-satellite order with Boeing. The first satellite in the order, Intelsat 22, is nearing six months of flawless operations in geostationary orbit. Intelsat 21, recently launched by a Sea Launch rocket, is now fully deployed and undergoing in-orbit testing. The third satellite, Intelsat 27, is set for launch in the first quarter of 2013.