Intelsat S.A.

 

Intelsat, S.A. is world’s largest communications satellite operator. Originally formed as International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT), it was, from 1964 to 2001, an intergovernmental consortium owning and managing a constellation of communications satellites providing international broadcast services.

As of 2015, Intelsat operates a fleet of more than 50 communications satellites.



History


The Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO) began on August 20th 1964, with 11 participating countries. On April 6th 1965, Intelsat’s first satellite, the Intelsat I (nicknamed Early Bird), was placed in geostationary orbit above the Atlantic Ocean by a Delta D rocket. Watch the the launch of the Early Bird on YouTube. 

Back in 1973, the name was changed and there were 80 signatories. Intelsat provides service to over 600 Earth stations in more than 149 countries, territories and dependencies. By 2001, INTELSAT had over 100 members. It was also this year that INTELSAT privatized and changed its name to Intelsat.

Since its inception, Intelsat has used several versions (blocks) of its dedicated Intelsat satellites. INTELSAT completes each block of spacecraft independently, leading to a variety of contractors over the years. Intelsat’s largest spacecraft supplier is Space Systems/Loral, having built 31 spacecraft (as of 2003), or nearly half of the fleet.

The network in its early years was not as robust as it is now. A failure of the Atlantic satellite in the spring of 1969  threatened to stop the Apollo 11 mission; a replacement satellite went into a bad orbit and could not be recovered in time; NASA had to resort to using undersea cable telephone circuits to bring Apollo's communications to NASA during the mission. Fortunately, during the Apollo 11 moonwalk, the moon was over the Pacific Ocean, and so other antennas were used, as well as INTELSAT III, which was in geostationary orbit over the Pacific.


Commercialization

By the 1990’s, building and launching satellites was no longer exclusively a government domain and as country-specific telecommunications systems were privatized, several private satellite operators arose to meet the growing demand. In the U.S., satellite operators such as Panamsat, Orion Communications, Columbia Communications, Iridium, Globalstar, TRW and others formed under the umbrella of the Alliance for Competitive International Satellite Services (ACISS) to press for an end to the IGO’s and the monopoly position of COMSAT the US signatory to Intelsat and Inmarsat. In March 2001, the US Congress passed the Open Market Reorganization for the Betterment of International Telecommunications (ORBIT) Act to privatize COMSAT and reform the role of the international organizations. In April 1998, to address US government concerns about market power, Intelsat's senior management spun off five of its older satellites (IntelSat 513 (183° E), IntelSat 703 (57° E), IntelSat 803 (338.5° E), IntelSat 806 (319.5° E), IntelSat K (338.5° E) to a private Dutch entity, New Skies Satellites, which became a direct competitor to INTELSAT. To avert the US government's interference with Intelsat, Intelsat's senior management unsuccessfully considered relocating the IGO to another country.


Privatization

On July 18th in 2001, 37 years after formation, Intelsat became a private company. Prior to Intelsat's privatization in 2001, ownership and investment in INTELSAT (measured in shares) was distributed among INTELSAT members according to their use of services. Investment shares determined each member’s percentage of the total contribution needed to finance capital expenditures. The organization’s primary source of revenue was satellite usage fees that, after deduction of operating costs, were redistributed to INTELSAT members in proportion to their shares as repayment of capital and compensation for use of capital. Satellite services were available to any organization (both INTELSAT members and non-members), and all users paid the same rates.

In 2003 Intelsat purchased the North American satellite fleet (Telstars-5 thru 8 and Telstar-13) from Loral Skynet. This was done to help reducing the depths from the parent company, Loral Space & Communications that filed for Chapter-11 bankruptcy on July 15th, 2003. Telstars 5-8 and -13 were renamed into Intelsat Americas 5-8 and -13.

In January 2005 Intelsat was sold for U.S. $3.1bn to four private equity firms, i.e.:

-       Madison Dearborn Partners,
-       Apax Partners,
-       Permira,
-       Apollo Global Management.


In July 2006 the company acquired PanAmSat and as of today it is now the world's largest provider of fixed satellite services, operating a fleet of 54 satellites in prime orbital locations. In June 2007 BC Partners announced they had acquired 76 percent of Intelsat for about 3.75 billion euros.

In April 2013 the renamed Intelsat S.A. undertook an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, raising a net $550 million USD, of which $492 million was paid immediately to reduce outstanding company debts of $15.9 billion USD. In May the company announced it would be purchasing four new high-performance Boeing EpicNG 702 MP satellites.


Current operation

Intelsat maintains its corporate headquarters in Luxembourg, with a majority of staff and satellite functions (administrative headquarters) located at the Intelsat Corporation offices in Washington, DC. In 2012, Intelsat announced that they would relocate their US headquarters from Washington to nearby Tysons Corner, Virginia by mid-2014. A highly international business, Intelsat sources the majority of its revenue from non-U.S. located customers. Intelsat's biggest teleport is the Teleport Fuchsstadt in Germany.

All of the Spacecraft operations are controlled through ground stations in Hagerstown, Maryland (USA), Riverside, California (USA), and Fuchsstadt in Germany.

As of today, the number of Intelsat satellites, as well as ocean-spanning fibre-optic lines, allows rapid rerouting of traffic when one satellite fails. Modern satellites are more robust, lasting longer with much larger capacity.



Renaming satellites

Intelsat launched various series of satellites after their first, Early Bird Intelsat F1, satellite that was launched on April 6th, 1965. In February 2007, Intelsat changed the names of 16 of its satellites formerly known under the Intelsat Americas and PanAmSat brands to Galaxy and Intelsat. The majority of these satellites has been decommissioned and was put into an orbital graveyard.



References:

www.wikipedia.com
www.WTA.com
www.intelsat.com
www.satbeams.com
www.tbs-satellite.com
www.spacedaily.com
www.space.skyrocket.de
www.astronautix.com
www.daviddarling.info
www.spaceref.com
www.spacewar.com
www.claudelafleur.qc.ca
www.macrostate.com
www.boeing.com
www.spacevids.tv
www.viasatellite.com article: Intelsat and Azercosmos Play Up Strengths in New Partnership by Juliet Van Wagenen, 23- March 2015.




Satellites

Intelsat-701 (IS-701, Intelsat VII F-1)

Orbital Position: 28° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 22 Oct 1993
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 10-15 years

Note: Satellite is retired.
 

Intelsat-702 (IS-702, Intelsat VII F-2)

Orbital Position: 33° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 17 June 1994
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 10-15 years

Note: Satellite is retired.
 

Intelsat-703 (NSS-703)

Orbital Position: 57° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 06 Oct 1994
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (United Launch Alliance - ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas IIAS
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Intelsat 703 was transferred to New Skies Satellites (SES) in 1998 and renamed as NSS-703.
 

Intelsat-706 (IS-706, Intelsat VII F-6)

Orbital Position: 157° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 17 May 1995
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Satellite is retired. 

Intelsat-708 (IS-708, Intelsat VII F-8)

Orbital Position: -
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 14 Feb 1996
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Launch failure, carrier rocket went out of control two seconds after launch.

Intelsat-26 (IS-26, JCSAT-4JCSAT-R)

Orbital Position: 66° E Inclined
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 17 Feb 1997
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (United Launch Alliance - ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas IIAS
Expected life time: 12 years

Note: After becoming operational the JSAT-4 satellite was refered by its designator JSAT-R. In 2009 Intelsat purchased the aging JSAT-R satellite from JSAT corporation to operate as a place holder and renamed it as Intelsat-26. The satellite is loaned to TurkSat.
 

Intelsat-801 (IS-801)

Orbital Position: 29° W Inclined
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 27 Feb 1997
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Expected life time: 14 years

Note: Satellite is retired since Oct 2013.

Intelsat-24 (IS-24, AMOS-1)

Orbital Position: 31° E Inclined
Manufacturer: Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)
Launch date: 16 May 1996
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Expected life time: 11 years

Note: Retired July 2012. In 2009 the satellite was purchased from SpaceCom Israel. Intelsat renamed it to Intelsat-24.
 

Galaxy-25 (G-25, Intelsat Americas 5, IA-5, Telstar-5)

Orbital Position: 93° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 24 May 1997
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton K
Expected life time: 13 years

Note: Telstar-5 was transferred from Loral Skynet after the sale of  their satellites to Intelsat when it was renamed into IA-5.
 

Intelsat-802 (IS-802)

Orbital Position: 33° E
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 25 June 1997
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Expected life time: 14 years

Note: Satellite was retired in Oct 2010.

Intelsat-803 (NSS-5)

Orbital Position: 50° E
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 23 Sept 1997
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 42L
Expected life time: 14 years

Note: Intelsat 803 was transferred to New Skies Satellites (SES) in 1998 and renamed it NSS-5.
 

Intelsat-5 (PAS-5, Arabsat-2CBadr-C )

Orbital Position: 157° W (inclined)
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 27 Aug 1997
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton K
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: The PanAmSat PAS-5 satellite was renamed in Intelsat-5 when PanAmSat was acquired by Intelsat in 2006. Arabsat leased the PAS-5 and marketed it as Badr-C.
 

Intelsat-804

Orbital Position: 64° E
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 22 Dec 1997
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 42L
Expected life time: 14 years

Note: On 14 January 2005, IS-804 experienced a sudden and unexpected electrical power system anomaly that caused the total loss of the spacecraft.
 

Intelsat-806 (NSS-806)

Orbital Position: 47° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 19 Feb 1998
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 12 years

Note: Intelsat 806 was transferred to New Skies Satellites (SES) in 1998 and renamed it NSS-806.
 

Intelsat-805

Orbital Position: 56° W
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 18 June 1998
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 42L
Expected life time: 14 years

Galaxy-10

Orbital Position: 95° W
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 26 Aug 1998
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (United Launch Alliance - ULA)
Launch vehicle: Delta III

Note: Launch failure 26 Aug 1998.
 

Intelsat-7 (PAS-7, IS-7)

Orbital Position: 18° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 15 Sept 1998
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: The PanAmSat PAS-7 satellite was renamed in Intelsat-7 when PanAmSat was acquired by Intelsat in 2006.
 

Intelsat-8 (PAS-8, IS-8)

Orbital Position: 169° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 04 Nov 1998
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton K
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: The PanAmSat PAS-8 satellite was renamed in Intelsat 8 when PanAmSat was acquired by Intelsat in 2006.
 

Intelsat-6B (PAS-6B)

Orbital Position: 43° W
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 22 Dec 1998
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 42L
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: The PanAmSat PAS-6B satellite was renamed in Intelsat-6B when PanAmSat was acquired by Intelsat in 2006. Due to various failures with the engines the lifetime has been reduced.

Galaxy-26 (G-26, Intelsat Americas 6, IA-6, Telstar-6)

Orbital Position: 50° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 15 Feb 1999
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton K
Expected life time: 13 years

Note: Telstar-6 was transferred from Loral Skynet after the sale of  their satellites to Intelsat. Telstar-6 was renamed into IA-6 and later on in Galaxy-26.
 

Galaxy-27 (G-27, Intelsat Americas 7, IA-7, Telstar-7)

Orbital Position: 66° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 25 Sept 1999
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Expected life time: 13 years

Note: Telstar-7 was transferred from Loral Skynet after the sale of  their satellites to Intelsat. Telstar-7 was renamed into IA-7 and later on in Galaxy-27. The satellite experienced a several day power failure on November 29th 2004. The satellite returned to service with reduced capacity.
 

Galaxy-11 (G-11)

Orbital Position: 56° W
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 21 Dec 1999
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 14 years

Intelsat-9 (IS-9, PAS-9)

Orbital Position: 43° W (inclined)
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 28 July 2000
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: The PanAmSat PAS-9 satellite was renamed in Intelsat-9 when PanAmSat was acquired by Intelsat in 2006.
 

Intelsat-12 (IS-12, PAS-12, Europe Star 1)

Orbital Position: 45° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 29 Oct 2000
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44LP
Expected life time: 18 years

Note: The PanAmSat PAS-12 satellite was renamed in Intelsat-12 when PanAmSat was acquired by Intelsat in 2006.
 

Intelsat-10-01

Orbital Position: -
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: -
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 13 years

Note: Intelsat 10-01 has been cancelled in November 2002, as its delivery was delayed for more than 240 days.

Intelsat-1R (IS-1R, PAS-1R)

Orbital Position: 50° W
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 15 Nov 2000
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5G
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: The PanAmSat PAS-1R satellite was renamed in Intelsat-1R when PanAmSat was acquired by Intelsat in 2006.
 

Intelsat-10 (PAS-10, IS-10)

Orbital Position: 47° W (inclined)
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 14 May 2001
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton K
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: The PanAmSat PAS-10 satellite was renamed in Intelsat- 10 when PanAmSat was acquired by Intelsat in 2006.
 

Intelsat-901 (IS-901)

Orbital Position: 18° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 09 June 2001
Launch Operator: Lockheed Martin (United Launch Alliance - ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas IIAS
Expected life time: 13 years

Intelsat-902 (IS-902)

Orbital Position: 62° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 30 Aug 2001
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 13 years

Intelsat-904 (IS-904)

Orbital Position: 60° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 23 Feb 2002
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton-K
Expected life time: 13 years

Intelsat-903 (IS-903)

Orbital Position: 34° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 30 March 2002
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton-K
Expected life time: 13 years

Intelsat-905 (IS-905)

Orbital Position: 24° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 05 June 2002
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 13 years

Galaxy-3C (G-3C)

Orbital Position: 95° W
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 15 June 2002
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 15 years

Intelsat-906 (IS-906)

Orbital Position: 64° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 06 Sept 2002
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 13 years

Intelsat-907 (IS-907)

Orbital Position: 27° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 15 Feb 2003
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 44L
Expected life time: 13 years

Galaxy-12 (G-12, Galaxy XII)

Orbital Position: 129° W
Manufacturer: Oribital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 09 Apr 2003
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5G
Expected life time: 15 years

Galaxy-14 (G-14)

Orbital Position: 125° W
Manufacturer: Oribital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 09 Apr 2003
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Soyuz-Fregat
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Galaxy-14 satellite launch!

Galaxy-23 (G-23, Intelsat Americas 13, IA-13, Telstar-13, Echostar-9)

Orbital Position: 121° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 08 Aug 2003
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 13 years

Note: Telstar-13 was transferred from Loral Skynet after the sale of  their satellites to Intelsat. Telstar-13 was renamed into IA-13 and later on in Galaxy-23.
 

Galaxy-13 (Horizons-1, Linkstar-4, Galaxy XIII)

Orbital Position: 129° W
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 01 Oct 2003
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Horizons-1 is owned and operated by Horizons, a SkyPerfect JSAT and Intelsat joint venture. SkyPerfect JSAT markets the Ku-capacity through its US subsidiary, JSAT International.

Horizons-1 (Linkstar-4, Galaxy-13, G-13, Galaxy XIII)

Orbital Position: 129° W
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 01 Oct 2003
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenit 3SL
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Horizons satellites are operated by Horizons Satellite LLC, a joint subsidiary of Intelsat and JSAT Corporation.

Intelsat-10-02 (Intelsat 1002, Intelsat Alpha-2, Intelsat X-02, IS-1002)

Orbital Position: 1° W
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 16 June 2004
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected life time: 13 years

Galaxy-28 (G-28, IA-8, Telstar-8)

Orbital Position: 89° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 22 June 2005
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenit 3SL
Expected life time: 15+ years

Note: Telstar-8 was transferred from Loral Skynet after the sale of  their satellites to Intelsat when it was renamed in Galaxy-28.
 

Galaxy-15 (G-15)

Orbital Position: 133° W
Manufacturer: Oribital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 13 Oct 2005
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5G
Expected life time: 15 years

Galaxy-16 (G-16)

Orbital Position: 99° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 18 June 2006
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 15 years

Galaxy-17 (G-17)

Orbital Position: 91° W
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 04 May 2007
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Galaxy-17 satellite launch!

Intelsat-11 (IS-11, PAS-11)

Orbital Position: 43° W
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 05 Oct 2007
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5GS
Expected life time: 13 years

Note: The PanAmSat PAS-11 satellite was renamed in Intelsat-11 when PanAmSat was acquired by Intelsat in 2006
Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-11 satellite launch!

Horizons-2

Oribital Poition: 85° E
Manufacturer: Oribital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 22 Dec 2007
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5GS
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Horizons satellites are operated by Horizons Satellite LLC, a joint subsidiary of Intelsat and JSAT Corporation.

Youtube: Watch the Horizons-2 satelite launch!

Galaxy-18 (G-18)

Orbital Position: 123° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 21 May 2008
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat Galaxy-18 satellite launch!

Intelsat-25 (IS-25, ProtoStar-1, Protostar I, Chinasat-8, Zhongxing-8)

Orbital Position: 32° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 07 July 2008
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Due to delays in export licenses Chinasat cancelled the contract of the Chinasat-8 built. In 2008 US based private held ProtoStar company purchased the satellite and renamed it. In 2009 ProtoStar filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and the satellite was sold in an auction for 210 million USD to Intelsat beating out Eutelsat.
 

Galaxy-19 (G-19, Intelsat Americas-9 (IA-9))

Orbital Position: 97° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 24 Sept 2008
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 20 years

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat Galaxy-19 satellite launch!

Intelsat-1W (IS-1W, Thor-6)

Orbital Position: 1° W
Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
Launch date: 29 Oct 2009
Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Intelsat contracted 10 Ku-band transponders from Telenor Thor-6 satellite in Sept 2007.
 

Intelsat-14 (IS-14, PAS-14)

Orbital Position: 45° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 23 Nov 2009
Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Launch vehicle: Atlas V
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: The PanAmSat PAS-14 satellite was renamed in Intelsat-14 when PanAmSat was acquired by Intelsat in 2006.
Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-14 satellite launch!

Intelsat-15 (IS-15, JCSAT-85)

Orbital Position: 85° E
Manufacturer: Oribital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 30 Nov 2009
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: JSAT ownes five transponders and is branding under JCSAT-85. 

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-15 satellite launch!

Intelsat-16 (IS-16, PAS-11R)

Orbital Position: 79° W
Manufacturer: Oribital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 12 Nov 2010
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: The PanAmSat PAS-11R satellite was renamed in Intelsat-16 when PanAmSat was acquired by Intelsat in 2006

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-16 satellite launch!

Intelsat-17 (IS-17)

Orbital Position: 66° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 26 Nov 2010
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 18 years

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-17 satellite launch!

Intelsat-28 (Intelsat New Dawn)

Orbital Position: 33° E
Manufacturer: Oribital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 21 April 2011
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-28 New Dawn satelite launch!

Intelsat-18 (IS-18)

Orbital Position: 180° E
Manufacturer: Oribital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 06 Oct 2011
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 15+ years

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-18 satellite launch!

Intelsat-22 (IS-22)

Orbital Position: 72° E
Manufacturer: Boeing Commercial Satellite Services (BCSS)
Launch date: 25 March 2012
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-22 satellite launch!

Intelsat-19 (IS-19)

Orbital Position: 166° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 01 June 2012
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 15+ years

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-19 satellite launch!

Intelsat-20 (IS-20)

Orbital Position: 69° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 02 Aug 2012
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-20 satellite launch!

Intelsat-21 (IS-21, PAS-21)

Orbital Position: 58° W
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 19 Aug 2012
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: The PanAmSat PAS-21 satellite was renamed in Intelsat- 21 when PanAmSat was acquired by Intelsat in 2006.

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-21 satellite launch!

Intelsat-23 (IS-23)

Orbital Position: 53° W
Manufacturer: Oribital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK, Inc.)
Launch date: 14 Oct 2012
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected life time: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-23 satellite launch!

Intelsat-27 (IS-27)

Orbital Position: -
Manufacturer: Hughes Satellite Systems (Boeing CSS)
Launch date: 01 Feb 2013
Launch Operator: Sea Launch A.G.
Launch vehicle: Zenith-3SL
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Launch failure; Intended as a replacement for Intelsat 805, it was destroyed after the rocket carrying it to orbit and fell into the Pacific Ocean 56 seconds after launch. Intelsat-34 will be the replacement.

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-27 satellite launch!

Intelsat-34 (IS-34)

Orbital Position: 56° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 20-Aug-2015
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5
Expected life time: 15+ years

Note: Will replace IS-801/Intelsat-27 that was destroyed after launch. The IS-34 was launched with Eutelsat 8 West B.

Youtube: Watch the Intelsat-34 satellite launch!

Intelsat-29E (IS-29E)

Orbital Position: 50° W (310° E)
Manufacturer: Boeing Commercial Satellite Systems (BCSS)
Launch date: 27 Jan 2016
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5
Expected life time: 15+ years

YouTube: Watch the Intelsat-29e Satellite launch! 
 

Intelsat-31 (IS-31)
Orbital Position: 95° W
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 09 June 2016
Launch Operator: International Launch Services (ILS)
Launch vehicle: Proton M
Expected life time: 15 years

YouTube: Watch the Intelsat-31 launch with a Proton M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Kazakhstan launch site! 
 

Intelsat-32E (IS-32E, Sky-Brazil 1)

Orbital Position: 43° W
Manufacturer: EADS Astrium (Airbus Defense & Space)
Launch date: 17 Feb 2017
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15+ years

Intelsat-33E (IS-33E)

Orbital Position: 60° W
Manufacturer: Boeing Commercial Satellite Systems (BCSS)
Launch date: 24 Aug 2016
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15+ years

Note: Intelsat-33E will replace IS-904.

YouTube: Watch the Intelsat-33E dual launch with Intelsat-36 perfomed by Arianespace! 
 

Intelsat-36 (IS-36)

Orbital Position: 69° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Launch date: 24 Aug 2016
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected life time: 15+ years

YouTube: Watch the Intelsat-36 dual launch with Intelsat-33E perfomed by Arianespace! 

Intelsat 35E (IS-35E)

Orbital Position: 34° W
Manufacturer: Boeing Commercial Satellite Systems (BCSS)
Launch date: 31 Dec 2017
Launch Operator: TBD
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected life time: 15+ years

Note: Satellite will replace IS-903.
 

Intelsat 37E

Orbital Position: TBD
Manufacturer: TBD
Launch date: 2017
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected life time: 15+ years

Intelsat 38 (Azerspace-2)

Oribital Position: TBD
Manufacturer: TBD
Launch date: 2017
Launch Operator: TBD
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected life time: 15 years

Note: Intelsat and Azercosmos have agreed to deliver this new telecommunications satellite at 45 degrees east. Both companies bring their resources to the mix for the design, manufacture and operational phases of development for the Intelsat 38/Azerspace 2 satellite.

Intelsat 39 (IS-39)

Orbital Position: 62° E
Manufacturer: Space Systems/Loral
Launch date: 2nd half 2018
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected life time: 15+ years

Note: IS-39 will replace Intelsat-902 that will reach EOL. The government of Myanmar to support the roll-out of cellular networks beyond cities. 
 

Horizons-3e

Oribital Poition: 169° E
Manufacturer: Boeing Commercial Satellite Systems (BCSS)
Launch date: 30 Dec 2018 (estmated)
Launch Operator: TBD
Launch vehicle: TBD
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Note: Horizons-3e will be owned and operated by Horizons, a SkyPerfect JSAT and Intelsat joint venture. The satellite will replace Intelsat-805.