Intelsat’s latest ‘next-generation’ satellite. Its I-29 ‘epic’, is ready for launch late in the afternoon of January 27th from the Arianespace space port in French Guiana.
A final set of pre-launch tests were carried out on January 25th, and today will see the giant rocket rolled out of its final assembly hanger ready for Wednesday’s launch. The launch will be the 228th flight undertaken by an Ariane rocket.
Intelsat 29e has one of the most advanced digital payloads commercially available – operating in the C, Ku and Ka frequency bands. Built by Boeing, it will offer enterprise-grade broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aero and maritime mobility service providers, along with government customers. Its coverage area is the Americas and over the North Atlantic (for sea and aviation routes).