January 2016, Science and Technology
Intelsat, the commercial satellite giant announced that Inteslat 29e, the first of the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites, was successfully launched. The satellites were launched from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle.
The high throughput platform should provide customers with superior connections at a lower cost.
Designated Intelsat 29e will be placed into service at 310° east and replace Intelsat 1R.
Facts related to the Intelsat 29e
a) It is the first satellite of Intelsat’s next generation, all digital EpicNG satellite platforms, which combines wide beams and spot beams with frequency reuse technology and the sector’s most advanced digital payload.
b) It is optimized to provide satellite connectivity for applications including the Internet of Things, enterprise, wireless infrastructure, aeronautical and maritime mobility, and government, which are expected to provide a combined 3 billion dollar incremental opportunity by the year 2020.
c) It is manufactured by Boeing and is equipped with the most advanced digital payload on a commercial spacecraft.