Intelsat completes latest satellite launch

Satellite operator Intelsat has completed the successful launch of its latest geosynchronous high-throughput satellite Intelsat 40e (IS-40e), adding additional capacity over North America.

“The IS-40e high-throughput technology serves as a significant commitment to our North American commercial aviation, mobility and network customers,” said Dave Wajsgras, CEO at Intelsat.

“As we continue to refresh our fleet of satellites and add capacity, Intelsat is focused on providing the best value and service for our customers and their end users.”

“The satellite also includes a NASA payload that will be the first instrument to monitor air pollution across North America from geostationary orbit.”

The IS-40e launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida, with signal acquisition from the satellite confirmed shortly after launch. When operational in May, the satellite will be positioned at 91 degrees West and deliver additional capacity for Intelsat’s Flex network.

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