Intelsat lofts two new satellites

Satellite operator Intelsat has successfully launched its new Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36 geosynchronous orbit (GEO) communications satellites.

According to Intelsat, the new craft will provide dedicated North American links to broadcasters allowing them to air live events and programmes including sports, entertainment and breaking news coverage.

The Maxar-manufactured Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36 satellites launched aboard Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana.

Galaxy 35 will replace Galaxy 3C and Galaxy 36 will replace Galaxy 28.

The launch continues Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet refresh plan that started with Galaxy 30 in 2020 and carries the fifth and sixth out of seven new Intelsat satellites launching in 2022 and 2023.

“With yet another successful launch, Intelsat has demonstrated its continued commitment to its media customers. The continued refreshment of the Galaxy fleet will provide broadcast viewers with quality programming across North America,” said Intelsat CEO Dave Wajsgras.

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