Intelsat 37e launches, bringing enhanced Intelsat EpicNG technology to Africa, Europe and Americas
Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced the successful launch of the Intelsat 37e satellite aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. Liftoff occurred at 5:56 pm EDT. The Intelsat 37e satellite separated from the rocket’s upper stage at 6:25 pm EDT. Signal acquisition has been confirmed.
“Intelsat 37e is a powerful addition to our award-winning Intelsat EpicNG network. It brings new technology and resilience as we continue to deploy the first, all-digital high-throughput satellite system,” said Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s CEO. “Intelsat 37e features enhanced power sharing technology and steerable beams, which bring additional flexibility to meeting regional and application requirements over the life of the satellite. Intelsat 37e reflects our multi-band, open architecture philosophy. Our overarching goal is to offer satellite services that unlock high-demand applications such as mobility and wireless infrastructure, supporting the growth of our customers.”
The all-digital Intelsat 37e is the first satellite to offer full, high-resolution interconnectivity between C-, Ku- and Ka-bands for use in wireless backhaul, enterprise VSAT, government and mobility networks. The C-band payload presents a comprehensive mix of high-power spot and wide beams, designed to deliver additional services and improved throughput. The Ku- and Ka-band steerable beams, which can be positioned as needed, have been added to increase network access and support high-demand areas for government and commercial mobility applications. They will complement the extensive Ku-band multi-spot beam coverage. In addition, Intelsat 37e improves the resiliency of the IntelsatOne Flex managed platform, bringing additional throughput to support enterprise, broadband, government and mobility applications in the Americas, Africa and Europe.
Manufactured by Boeing and equipped with the highest throughput of the entire Intelsat EpicNG fleet, Intelsat 37e features enhanced power sharing technology to enable power to be assigned between shaped, fixed and steerable spot beams at Ku-band. This new capability augments flexibility within the payload to optimize connectivity and increase efficiency as requirements shift over time.
Intelsat will be placed into service at 342° East. It will replace Intelsat 901, which will be repositioned. Companies such as Speedcast, Omni-Access – which will leverage satellites capabilities in the Mediterranean – Algeria Telecom and TIM Brazil will be among the first customers to deploy services on Intelsat 37e.