Sunday, June 12, 2005

Sea Launch Readies Intelsat Americas-8

Sea Launch has left port and is preparing to launch the Intelsat Americas-8 (IA-8) tri-band communications satellite on June 23. The Space Systems/Loral-built IA-8 satellite carries 28 C-band and 36 Ku-band transponders, as well as 24 Ka-band spot beams and will have total end-of-life power of 16 Kw -- making it one of the most powerful communications satellites to date.

IA-8 will be the fifth Intelsat satellite in the North American arc and the 28th satellite in Intelsat's global fleet. This mission is Sea Launch's fifth launch for Loral and the first for Intelsat.

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