Galaxy 18 Launch Successful; Powerhouse Satellite Within U.S. Cable Arc
Pembroke, Bermuda, 21 May 2008
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of commercial satellite services, announced today that at 5:43 a.m. EDT the Galaxy 18 satellite was successfully launched aboard a Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket. The satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral, will operate from 123 degrees west and serve programmers, government and corporate broadband customers in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Galaxy 18 will join Intelsat’s coveted North American cable community within its Galaxy fleet comprised of 16 other satellites that cover North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The satellite features 24 C- and 24 Ku-band transponders allowing for increased power and flexibility for video and data transmissions. This is Intelsat’s first satellite launch of 2008.
Intelsat, Ltd. CEO David McGlade stated, “Galaxy 18 will provide our customers valuable 50-state coverage and reach Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico, operating in a powerhouse role, delivering some of the most popular programming to millions of American homes. This is the first of two launches for Intelsat this year, both focused on enhancing our North American Galaxy fleet.”