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Intelsat IS-27 Satellite to Launch in 2012

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August 17, 2010

Intelsat IS-27 Satellite to Launch in 2012

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Fixed satellite service provider, Intelsat S.A., has announced that it has began building the latest Intelsat (News - Alert) 27 satellite (IS-27), which is expected to be launched by December 2012.

This innovative satellite has been given a hybrid C- and Ku-band design for media and network customers and will be augmented with a 20 x 25 kHz channel UHF payload for use in government applications. IS-27 is and will be placed in the Atlantic Ocean Region as a replacement for the Intelsat 805 satellite.

“Our intended customers for this payload are the Navy and DoD tactical users, as well as NATO and other allies,” said Kay Sears, president of Intelsat General Corporation. “The requirements outlined in the Sources Sought were at the forefront of our payload design process. Intelsat’s payload will arrive at a critical time and location to sustain warfighter communications.”

Sears said that the company understands the military’s need for control and autonomy, and plan to offer their customers a variety of different contractual options for this UHF payload.

The latest IS-27 UHF hosted payload is designed to support the existing UHF Follow-On (UFO) and future Multi-User Objective System (MUOS) satellites. The payload also supports DAMA and IW operations, and is digitally tuneable and completely interoperable with existing terminals, according to the company.

Don Brown, vice president of Hosted Payloads for Intelsat General Corporation said that Intelsat has been providing commercial UHF services to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and their allies since the MARISAT and LEASAT programs. He said that this payload continues that heritage and builds upon its current program with the Australian Defence Force.

“The IS-27 UHF payload will be functionally equivalent to the Navy’s UFO-11 satellite,” Brown added.

Also, the Boeing (News - Alert) Space and Intelligence Systems are part of this assignment of building IS-27. Intelsat has officially authorized Boeing to begin with the UHF hosted payload in the second quarter of 2010 for long-lead construction in order to meet a launch date in 2012.

Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Ed Silverstein

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