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New Intelsat Satellite Delivered To Launch Base

by Staff Writers
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Oct 28, 2010
Space Systems/Loral reports that a communications satellite that it designed and built for Intelsat arrived safely at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it is scheduled to launch in November aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle.

"Intelsat 17 was delivered to launch base nearly two months ahead of the contract delivery date," said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral.

"We always strive to help customers achieve their business objectives and in this case, an early launch date was highly desirable. This is the 45th satellite that we have delivered to Intelsat and our long-term, collaborative relationship helps both our companies maximize efficiencies and ensure the highest quality."

Intelsat 17 will be positioned at 66E, effectively next to Intelsat's successful Asian video distribution neighborhood located at 68.5E, on the Intelsat 10 satellite, which has been serving customers since 2001.

Intelsat 17's C- and Ku-band capacity, and multi-continental coverage, will offer programmers distribution in a region that extends across Asia and into Europe and Africa.

It will replace Intelsat 702, which was also built by Space Systems/Loral and was launched in June 1994.

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