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« on: October 29, 2018, 06:38:27 PM »

Intelsat begins Galaxy fleet refresh with Orbital ATK satellite order

FROM: SPACENEWS.COM
by Caleb Henry — January 8, 2018



WASHINGTON — Satellite fleet operator Intelsat kicked off the beginning of a partial constellation replenishment focused on replacing the company’s Galaxy line of satellites with a Jan. 8 order to Orbital ATK for the Galaxy-30 satellite.

Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK will build Galaxy-30 in anticipation of an early 2020 launch with a yet-to-be-named launch provider.

In a prepared statement, Intelsat’s senior vice president of space systems Ken Lee said the Galaxy-30 satellite “will be the 11th satellite Orbital ATK has built for Intelsat, and represents the first satellite in the Galaxy fleet replacement program.”

“Galaxy 30 demonstrates our commitment to our Galaxy cable distribution neighborhood, which has an unmatched penetration of headends in the U.S.” he said. “Our next-generation video distribution fleet will excel at traditional broadcast applications, such as ultra-high definition distribution while at the same time will be capable of supporting new network solutions for applications such as over-the- top video and other distribution requirements.”

Intelsat’s North America-focused satellites are all branded “Galaxy.” Most came from acquiring Loral Space and Communications’ North America fleet 2004 and PanAmSat and its fleet in 2006.

Galaxy-30 will carry a C-band payload for television broadcasts, along with Ku- and Ka-band capacity for broadband connectivity. It is the first new Galaxy satellite since 2005. Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet consists of 13 satellites, comprising roughly a quarter of the operator’s total constellation.

Intelsat in October mentioned that its next replacement cycle would be less costly than the EpicNG high-throughput satellite (HTS) constellation the company has been investing in since 2012.

“Our heavy investment phase related to our high-throughput satellites is now nearing completion,” Intelsat told investors Oct. 26. “The lower capital expenditures associated with our next replacement cycle are expected to support an improved cash flow profile and financial flexibility over the next several years.”

Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler said in July that the company was in the early stages of planning three new satellites, which would include the start of a refresh for the operator’s North American fleet.

One factor playing into the payloads carried on those satellites will be the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s decision on C-band spectrum rights in the United States.

The FCC is reevaluating mid-band spectrum, which includes 500MHz of C-band spectrum predominantly used by Intelsat and competitor SES in the United States for television broadcasts. Intelsat, with Intel as a partner, proposed to the FCC what they called a market-based approach to the spectrum, whereby satellite operators would voluntarily clear out of some C-band frequencies so that fifth-generation mobile networks, or 5G, can use the spectrum without causing interference. Mobile networks desiring to use C-band spectrum for 5G would compensate satellite .......


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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2018, 06:41:27 PM »

The Media Network for the Future: Introducing Galaxy 30

FROM: INTELSAT.COM
11 January 2018


By Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat’s Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Communications

Whether your household was cheering ‘Roll Tide!’ or ‘Go Dawgs!’ last week, you were one of the 28.4 million people benefiting from Intelsat’s North America Galaxy Fleet, the most efficient media distribution system in North America.  Last week, Intelsat announced the first in a series of orders that will see this fleet replaced with a third generation of technology that will bring advanced media distribution capabilities to television programmers in North America. This is the beginning of a multi-satellite investment program that will offer our customers a technology path for media distribution throughout the next decade. Galaxy 30, which represents the first of many satellites to be built under our North America fleet replacement plan, demonstrates our commitment to ensuring C-band services continue to be the go-to media distribution technology for years to come.  Here’s why:

Our satellite fleet simultaneously delivered the National College Championship game to millions of homes in America. No other technology allows consumers to simultaneously watch programming that is ‘five nines’ reliable, with the highest quality and without annoying buffering issues. This is why preserving C-band spectrum is vital and we are committed to ensuring our customers can continue to provide quality programming without fear of interference from wireless services. During the past 30 years, we have .......

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