Intelsat adds additional Ku-band capacity with latest launch

Satellite operator Intelsat has announced the successful launch of its new Galaxy 37/Horizons-4 (G-37/H-4) satellite, to add additional Ku-band capacity for maritime users in the Pacific Ocean and parts of the northern Atlantic.

The launch is the culmination of a major launch sprint for the company, which has seen eight geostationary satellites sent into space within 10 months.

“This launch completes our comprehensive Galaxy fleet refresh plan started about 10 months ago,” said Dave Wajsgras, CEO at Intelsat.

“This milestone is now a part of the 40-year Galaxy legacy – satellites our North American customers have relied on for decades. It also marks the 20-year anniversary of our JSAT partnership. This joint venture has allowed both companies to serve more customers in more places throughout the world.”

The Maxar-manufactured satellite was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, US.

When operations start later this year, G-37/H-4 will be positioned at 127 degrees West, with the H-4 Ku-band payload providing services for mobility customers. H-4 will be owned jointly by Intelsat and JSAT International, the US-owned subsidiary of SKY Perfect JSAT Corp.

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