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Intelsat pair set for Sept launch

August 3, 2018

By Chris Forrester

Intelsat says that its delayed launch of the I-38/Azerspace-2 so-called ‘condominium’ satellite, will now take place in September on an Arianespace rocket.

The launch had been delayed since May 2018 because India removed its GSAT-11 as a co-passenger on the Intelsat launch, for re-inspection.

Intelsat has decided to launch another of its condo-sat craft, a joint-venture satellite with SkyPerfect JSAT of Japan, which Intelsat will operate as its Horizons-3 ‘epic’ craft.

The two satellites, Intelsat-38 and Horizons-3e are scheduled for launch by Arianespace around September 18th, on Arianespace Flight VA 243.

Intelsat also says it is offering to the market $1 billion of new Senior Notes. It will use the proceeds mainly to repay some $732 million of 12.5 per cent Notes due for cancellation in 2022.

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