Space Systems/Loral has launched a new satellite built forÂ IntelsatÂ into spaceÂ for an initiativeÂ to provideÂ distribution services inÂ South America and the Caribbean regions.
The Intelsat 30 satelliteÂ also achievedÂ post-launch maneuvering in orbit after its launch on boardÂ Ariane 5 from the European Spaceport in theÂ French Guiana, SSL said Friday.
SSL designed the Intelsat 30 based on the 1300 platform to support different types ofÂ applications such asÂ electric propulsion.
“We were honored and privileged to have Intelsat’s trust to design and build this powerful satellite,” said John Celli, president of SSL.
The 20-kilowatt class Ku- and C-bandÂ spacecraft deployedÂ its solar arrays and firedÂ its main thruster to maneuver into geosynchronous orbit.
DIRECTV Latin America will use theÂ Ku-band payload for itsÂ South America and CaribbeanÂ distribution operations.