Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Intelsat's Galaxy 18 Successfully Launched

Intelsat's Galaxy 18 satellite was successfully placed into orbit by a Zenit-3SL rocket that lifted off Sea Launch's Odyssey platform in the Pacific Ocean.

The satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral, will operate from 123 degrees west and serve programmers, government and corporate broadband customers in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. It carries 24 C- and 24 Ku-band transponders allowing for increased power and flexibility for video and data transmissions. This is Intelsat's first satellite launch of 2008.

Galaxy 18 will join Intelsat's Galaxy fleet which is comprised of 16 other satellites that cover North America, Central America and the Caribbean.http://www.intelsat.com/http://www.sea-launch.com

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