Arianespace to launch Intelsat 17
Evry, May 15, 2010
Arianespace announced today that it has signed a contract with Intelsat, the leading provider of fixed satellite services, to launch Intelsat 17.
The launch "Service & Solutions" contract calls for the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA to place Intelsat 17 into geostationary transfer orbit at the end of 2010 from the European Space Port in French Guiana.
With a mass of nearly 5800 kg. at liftoff, Intelsat 17 will provide higher-performing capacity across Europe, the Middle East, Russia and Asia from its orbital slot of 66 degrees East. This satellite will also expand Intelsat's C-band video distribution community in the Indian Ocean region. Intelsat 17 will replace the Intelsat 702 satellite.
"We are proud to be able to offer Intelsat the unrivalled performance and reliability of the Ariane 5 ECA for its Intelsat 17 mission. We relish this opportunity to cultivate even further the longstanding relationship between Arianespace and Intelsat," said Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall.
Intelsat is the world's leading provider of fixed satellite services. With Intelsat, advanced communications anywhere in the world are closer, by far.
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