Sixth Arianespace mission of 2016: a dual launch for Intelsat
For its sixth launch of the year, and the fourth by Ariane 5 in 2016, Arianespace will orbit the Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 satellites for operator Intelsat. Following the successful launch of Intelsat 29e on January 27, this is Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 “all-Intelsat” launch, based on more than 30 years of partnership.
Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 will be the 57th and 58th Intelsat satellites to be lofted by Arianespace, continuing a relationship that started with Intelsat 507’s launch in October 1983.
This also is the second launch of the year for Intelsat with Arianespace, following the successful launch of Intelsat 29e on January 27, using another Ariane 5 vehicle.
Arianespace has developed a very solid partnership over the last 30 years with Intelsat, the world leader in satellite services in terms of revenues and in-orbit capacity. Fully half of Intelsat’s current fleet was orbited by Arianespace.
Deploying a fleet of about 50 satellites, Intelsat provides high-performance connectivity solutions for the media, fixed and mobile broadband communications, as well as business, government and military applications.