Maxar Technologies’ High-Power Communications Satellite Built for Intelsat Arrives at Launch Base

Jeff Brody

Maxar Technologies’ Intelsat 39 geosynchronous communications satellite has completed its final delivery checkouts at the company’s manufacturing facility in Palo Alto, California and has safely arrived at the Arianespace launch base in Kourou, French Guiana, the company announced on Tuesday

Intelsat 39 is the 52nd satellite built for our long-term customer, Intelsat, by Maxar. The Intelsat, Arianespace and Maxar teams in Kourou are preparing the satellite for launch on an Ariane 5 rocket, which is scheduled for July 24th.

Once it reaches its final destination at 62 degrees East, the satellite will provide broadband and video distribution services across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The satellite will also enhance mobile connectivity for aero, maritime and government users in the Indian Ocean region. The satellite will replace the Intelsat 902 satellite, which Maxar also built back in 2001.

Intelsat 39 is based on Maxar’s decades-proven 1300-class platform, which offers high power, reliability and flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. The satellite has C-band and Ku-band transponders and uses hybrid electric and chemical propulsion to reach its desired orbit, where it is designed to provide service for a minimum of 15 years. 

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We are a leading global provider of advanced space-based technology solutions, delivering unmatched integrated capabilities in Earth imagery, geospatial data, analytics & insights, satellites and robotics. The world’s foremost governments and businesses trust us to solve their most mission-critical challenges with confidence.

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