SSL, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, announced today that the multi-mission Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 communications satellite has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace. The satellite has a contractual lifetime of 15 years, but actual life may be longer and it demonstrates SSL’s commitment to providing a high-performance platform for services that inform, entertain and connect people around the globe.
“The delivery of this multi-mission satellite is a strong reflection of SSL’s ability to collaborate as a trusted partner and deliver tailor-made, powerful solutions for complex business cases,” said Dario Zamarian, group president of SSL. “Now our team is working closely with Azercosmos, Intelsat, and Arianespace to prepare the satellite for launch.”
Azerspace-2 will help Azercosmos meet 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 Azercosmos’ second telecommunications satellite, and will expand on the service currently available from Azerspace-1.
“Our collaboration with SSL and Intelsat has been very successful,” said Rashad Nabiyev, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Azercosmos. “This satellite will enhance our capacity, coverage, and service offerings to support growing demand for services and we look forward to its launch with great anticipation.”
For Intelsat, the satellite will provide continuity of service for the Intelsat 12 satellite, which was also built by SSL and was 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 will also provide connectivity for corporate networks and government applications in Africa.
“SSL has been a trusted manufacturing partner to Intelsat for many years,” said Stephen Spengler, chief executive officer of Intelsat. “The new Intelsat 38 satellite payload will enable our media customers to deliver enhanced service offerings across Central and Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific. It will also provide the broadband connectivity needed to support the services rendered by our corporate network and government customers operating 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.