Today at approximately 06:36 EDT Anik F2 satellite experienced a technical anomaly resulting in loss of satellite services to its customers. Telesat is in control of the satellite and all indications are that it is healthy and can be returned to service.
Intelsat S.A. announced today that a Sea Launch AG-provided Zenit-3SLB vehicle successfully lifted the Intelsat 18 satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5 p.m. EDT (21:00 GMT). The signal was acquired at 11:34 p.m. EDT (03:34 GMT) and after 6 hours and 35 minutes mission the satellite was deployed at its final GTO destination orbit of 5,517.6 X 35,785.2 kilometers X 19.5 degrees inclination. Built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, Intelsat 18 launch mass is 3200 kg with a useful life of nearly 17 years. It will replace Intelsat 701 at 180ºE and will provide Ku-band and C-band capacity to Pacific Ocean Region.
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ELT) has announced today that Astrium has been selected to build the new high-power EUTELSAT 9B broadcast satellite addressing high-growth video markets in Europe. It is planned to be launched at the end of 2014 and located at Eutelsat’s 9°E orbital position.
BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, September 30, 2011
The ILS Proton Breeze M launched from Pad 39 at the Cosmodrome at 12:32 a.m. today local time (2:32 p.m. EST, 18:32 GMT on September 29) has successfully carried the QuetzSat-1 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit for SES of Luxembourg after a 9 hour, 13-minute mission. This was the 19th SES satellite launched on ILS Proton.