Boeing to Build Intelsat 35e EpicNG SatelliteAgreement is Intelsat’s ninth order for Boeing 702MP satelliteEL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 8, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] will build the Intelsat 35e Epic Next Generation satellite for Intelsat, the world’s leading provider of global satellite services and Boeing’s largest commercial satellite customer. This also marks Intelsat’s ninth order for a satellite based on Boeing’s 702MP (medium power) platform.“Our mission is to provide satellite-based infrastructure that can support our customers’ increasing demands for bandwidth – from broadband connections for commercial planes to broadcasts of ultra-high definition television signals,” said Thierry Guillemin, Intelsat executive vice president and chief technical officer. “As a result, we challenge our satellite manufacturers to deliver innovative designs and technology on time and on budget.“Intelsat has a long history with Boeing,” Guillemin continued, “and our relationship continues to grow given Boeing’s ability to deliver satellites that meet our demanding design and performance specifications.”Intelsat’s EpicNG satellites are designed to address wireless and fixed telecommunications, enterprise, mobility, video and government applications that require broadband infrastructure. A complementary high throughput overlay to the Intelsat fleet, the Intelsat EpicNG platform will utilize multiple frequency bands and other features to enable customers to meet specific needs. The high degree of flexibility of the Intelsat EpicNG platform will allow Intelsat’s broadband, media, mobility and government customers to use their existing hardware and realize greater cost efficiencies.The Intelsat EpicNG satellites are being assembled on the Boeing 702MP platform, which features the same high-performance capabilities as the Boeing 702HP (high power) model, but with a substantially updated satellite bus structure and simplified propulsion system. In addition, the 702MP is compatible with the Atlas, Ariane, Sea Launch, Falcon and Proton launch vehicles.“Boeing has provided satellites to Intelsat for many years,” said Craig Cooning, president of Boeing Network & Space Systems. “As Intelsat celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding this year, we’re pleased to continue our collaboration with the building of the newest satellite, IS-35e. The Boeing-built Intelsat EpicNG 702MPs will help take Intelsat to the next level, ensuring a bright future for one of our most trusted partners.”Intelsat, headquartered in Luxembourg, became the first satellite services provider to order the 702MP, contracting with Boeing in 2009 for four spacecraft. In 2012, Boeing and Intelsat announced that the fourth satellite from this original order would become the first to carry the EpicNG suite of capabilities. In 2013, Boeing and Intelsat announced an additional order for four Intelsat EpicNG satellites. The first Intelsat EpicNG spacecraft is scheduled for launch in the second half of 2015. A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 56,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.# # #Contact: Paula ShawaBoeing Space & Intelligence SystemsOffice: +1 310-364-7362Mobile: +1 714-290-3975[email protected]
Intelsat, one of the world’s largest geostationary satellite operators alongside SES, has one launch reserved on a newly-built Falcon 9 rocket in the first quarter of 2017, when the Intelsat 35e satellite will launch from Cape Canaveral.
The company has three satellite launches scheduled for 2017: Intelsat 32e, an Intelsat EpicNG Ku-band payload in the first quarter of 2017; Intelsat 35e in the second quarter of 2017, providing that there are no changes to SpaceX’s launch manifest as a result of its recent anomaly; and Intelsat 37e in the fourth quarter of 2017.
March 14, 2017Re: Request for Special Temporary Authority to Conduct In-Orbit Testing of Intelsat 35e;Call Sign S2959Dear Ms. Dortch:Intelsat License LLC (“Intelsat”) herein requests a grant of Special Temporary Authority (“STA”) for 90 days, beginning May 25, 2017, to conduct in-orbit testing (“IOT”) of the Intelsat 35e satellite (Call Sign S2959) at 33.0º W.L. and to drift the satellite to its permanent location of 34.5° W.L. Intelsat 35e is scheduled to be launched no earlier than May 15, 2017. The IOT period is expected to last approximately 45 days and the drift to 34.5° W.L. is expected to last approximately five days.
I'm curious to see when this ends up being scheduled. If SpaceX can hold to the two week pace as set, this should launch at the end of June, same as Iridium. How close together can they conduct east and west coast launches?
There is also the payload processing like fueling the satellite, attaching the payload adapter mating the whole stack together after the static fire.
Quote from: macpacheco on 05/10/2017 01:36 pmThere is also the payload processing like fueling the satellite, attaching the payload adapter mating the whole stack together after the static fire.I thought that payload processing also involves testing to ensure nothing was damaged in transit and that it is still performing as expected up until launch. These test rigs are each custom (racks, wiring bundles, connectors, software) which needs to be created / tested before payload testing can start. That being said, a custom test rig for each payload every two weeks is a heavy lift. Yes you can re-use things for similar payloads (duplicate Iridium sats, a comsat based on the same E3000 platform, etc) but all this requires manpower on hand too.
Jacob Willig @jacobw35 3h@INTELSAT Will Intelsat 35e fly on flight proven Facon 9?
Replying to @jacobw35Yes! We are not flying on a reusable rocket
Anybody care to speculate what to make of this response to my question? QuoteJacob Willig @jacobw35 3h@INTELSAT Will Intelsat 35e fly on flight proven Facon 9?QuoteReplying to @jacobw35Yes! We are not flying on a reusable rockethttps://twitter.com/INTELSAT/status/866755826475839492
So, an expendable flight of the B1031 (first flight CRS-10)? or an expendable flight a new booster?
Quote from: rockets4life97 on 05/22/2017 09:50 pmSo, an expendable flight of the B1031 (first flight CRS-10)? or an expendable flight a new booster?Pretty sure this is a new booster. If Intelsat were on the reused bandwagon, either themselves or SpaceX would have looked for some extra PR about it !Specially considering the large mass. Even a full Block IV booster will have to sweat (a lot) to put this to GTO-1800m/s !
Pretty sure this is a new booster. If Intelsat were on the reused bandwagon, either themselves or SpaceX would have looked for some extra PR about it !
Boeing specs show 6100kg MAX for 720MP bus used by 35e.
Quote from: Flying Beaver on 05/22/2017 10:17 pmBoeing specs show 6100kg MAX for 720MP bus used by 35e.those are general specs. Mass can be higher or lower than the specs based on Customer needs.