After the mission’s completion, Arianespace Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Israël said: “With this launch for two of our long-standing customers, Intelsat and Airbus – as well as in the framework of a partnership with ESA and Avanti – we proudly continue to show our ability to deploy ever more innovative satellites for commercial and institutional requirements.”
Arianespace orbits Intelsat 39 for Intelsat, a partner since 1983
Intelsat 39 is the 61st satellite launched by Arianespace for Intelsat, starting with its first mission for this operator in 1983. It will replace the Intelsat 902 spacecraft, launched by Arianespace in 2001.
The Intelsat 39 telecommunications satellite offers high-power, steerable, wide spotbeams to meet the needs of broadband network, video and government customers across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean region. Steerable spotbeams ensure payload flexibility, enabling customers to quickly and efficiently respond to changing geographic or application requirements.
The satellite features both C- and Ku-band capabilities to provide additional scale for Intelsat’s Flex managed services and enhance mobile flexibility for aeronautical, maritime and government users in these regions.
Intelsat 39 was built by Maxar in Palo Alto, California. It is the 57th satellite launched by Arianespace using a Maxar platform.
Arianespace: a catalyst for innovative satellite solutions serving Europe
The EDRS-C satellite is the second node in the SpaceDataHighway network. Based on state-of-the-art laser technology, EDRS, the SpaceDataHighway is the first fiber-optic network in space. Supported by a public-private partnership between Airbus and ESA, it will help improve environmental monitoring and security services, disaster response and crisis management. The European commission will be a key customer of the EDRS system at the benefit of the Copernicus program. Once again, Arianespace has fulfilled its primary mission of offering independent access to space for Europe’s flagship programs.
The SpaceDataHighway is the most sophisticated laser communications network ever designed. From a position in geostationary orbit, it relays data collected by observation satellites to Earth in near real time, thus tripling the volume of data, images and videos transmitted by these satellites and also being capable of reprogramming their mission plan at any given moment in just a few minutes.
The laser terminals were designed by Tesat-Spacecom and Germany’s DLR aerospace research center. Airbus owns, operates and services the SpaceDataHighway. The EDRS-C satellite platform is supplied by OHB System AG, while the HYLAS 3 hosted payload was provided by the operator Avanti Communications under a contract with ESA.EDRS-C is the 132nd satellite launched by Arianespace for Airbus, as well as the 26th satellite using an OHB platform and the fourth Avanti payload to be launched by Arianespace.For more information on Intelsat 39 and EDRS-C, see the VA249 press kit at arianespace.com.