Intelsat, an operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity, announced the successful launch of Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36, geosynchronous communications satellites that will provide dedicated North American links to broadcasters allowing them to air live events and programs including sports, entertainment, and breaking news coverage.
The Maxar-manufactured Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36 satellites were launched aboard Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana at 3:30 p.m. EST.
“With yet another successful launch, Intelsat has demonstrated its continued commitment to its media customers,” said Intelsat CEO Dave Wajsgras. “The continued refreshment of the Galaxy fleet will provide broadcast viewers with quality programming all across North America.”
Galaxy 35 separated from the vehicle at 3:57 p.m. EST, and Intelsat confirmed its signal acquisition at 4:11 p.m. EST. Galaxy 36 separated from the vehicle at 4:00 p.m. EST, and Intelsat confirmed its signal acquisition at 4:19 p.m. EST. Galaxy 35 will replace Galaxy 3C and Galaxy 36 will replace Galaxy 28.
Today’s launch continues Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet refresh plan that started with Galaxy 30 in 2020 and carries the fifth and sixth out of seven new Intelsat satellites launching in 2022 and 2023.
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