Orbital-Built Intelsat 18 Communications Satellite Successfully Completes In-Orbit Testing
- Satellite Operations Turned Over to Intelsat for Commercial Service
Mr. Christopher Richmond, Orbital's Senior Vice President of its Space Systems Group, said, "We are very pleased with how smoothly the post-launch operations of Intelsat 18 proceeded. We have now turned over full operational control of the satellite to Intelsat and stand ready to support their operations over the next 15 years. We are also continuing production and testing of Intelsat 23, the tenth Orbital-built satellite that will join the Intelsat fleet in 2012."
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Orbital designed, built and tested the Intelsat 18 satellite at Orbital's satellite manufacturing and test facility in Dulles, VA. It carries a hybrid C- and Ku-band payload.
Orbital's highly successful communications satellites are based its GEOStar(tm) satellite platform, which is able to accommodate all types of commercial communications payloads. The GEOStar design is optimized for satellite missions requiring up to 7.5 kilowatts of payload power. In most instances, the affordable GEOStar satellite can be built and delivered in about 24 months.
Source : Orbital Sciences Corp.