SSL has announced the multi-mission Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 communications satellite is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers following launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite deployed its solar arrays shortly after launch and will begin firing its main thruster tomorrow to propel toward its final orbit at 45 degrees East.
“SSL-built satellites like Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 help build a better world, making information and communications more accessible,” said Dario Zamarian, group president of SSL. “I would like to thank Azercosmos and Intelsat for their trust in SSL. Thank you also to the teams at SSL and Arianespace for the excellent teamwork and commitment making this launch a success.”
For Azercosmos, the satellite meets the growing demand for direct-to-home (DTH) television, government and network services in Europe, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the second telecommunication satellite for Azercosmos and will expand on the service currently available from Azerspace-1.
“SSL proved to be an excellent and reliable partner to help us make Azerspace-2 a reality,” said Rashad Nabiyev, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Azercosmos. “Now that the satellite has successfully launched we look forward to providing enhanced service offerings to our customers.”
For Intelsat, the satellite provides continuity of service for the SSL-built Intelsat 12 satellite, launched in 2000. At 45 degrees East longitude, it provides DTH platforms for Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Asia-Pacific region. Intelsat 38 also delivers valuable broadband connectivity for corporate networks and government applications in Africa.
“SSL has been a trusted and valued manufacturing partner of Intelsat’s for many years,” said Ken Lee, Intelsat’s senior vice president of space. ”Our customers have benefited from their innovative designs and the new Intelsat 38 satellite payload is no exception. It will enable our media customers in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia to grow their business and deliver fast, reliable broadband connectivity to corporate enterprise and government customers in Africa.”
The satellite design is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 satellite platform that provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances. Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 is designed to provide service for 15 years or more. SSL has built more than 275 satellites over its 60 year history. With this launch, there are now 90 satellites built by SSL in geostationary orbit.