Saturday, August 18, 2012

Intelsat 21 Successfully Launched

Intelsat 21 was successfully launched into orbit aboard a Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket from the equatorial Pacific.

Intelsat 21 will serve the leading direct-to-home (DTH) and cable programmers in Latin America. It will deliver C-band services for South America, North America and Europe, and Ku-band services for North America, the Caribbean, Brazil, Europe and Western Africa. It also a Ku-band mobility beam, providing coverage across the South Atlantic to Intelsat�s maritime and aeronautical customers. It was built by Boeing Satellite Systems and replaces Intelsat 9.

Intelsat 21 is the fourth of five Intelsat launches planned for 2012. Intelsat 23 is scheduled for launch later this year aboard a Proton launch vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.