Galaxy-12 (Galaxy XII, G-12) at 129° West (Inclined orbit)
|Position:||129° West (Inclined orbit)|
|Launch vehicle:||Ariane 5G|
|Expected lifetime:||15 Years|
In early 2001 satellite operator PanAmSat ordered a new C-band GEO satellite with Orbital Sciences Corp. (Orbital ATK – Northrop Grumman), designated Galaxy-12, to be located at 72° W longitude. In late 2001 PanAmSat exercised an option for two additional C-band spacecraft. The satellites would distribute entertainment and information to cable television systems, TV broadcast affiliates, DTH-television operators, ISP’s, telecommunications companies and corporations.
In February 2007, after the acquisition of PanAmSat, satellite operator Intelsat officially named the satellite Galaxy-12.
In April 2010, Intelsat’s five-year-old Galaxy-15 satellite stopped responding to commands, prompting the company to begin moving an on-orbit spare. After a monthlong journey, the batteries were finally drained in December 2010 leading to a reset of the systems. After that, control was regained over the satellite. All media traffic on Galaxy-15 was transitioned to Intelsat’s Galaxy-12 satellite, which is the designated in-orbit spare for the North American region. Galaxy-12 was relocated to the 133° WL orbital location.
Galaxy-12 satellite was launched in a dual launch with INSAT-3A for satellite operator ISRO from India on April 3rd, 2003 on an Ariane 5G rocket booster, operated by launch operator Arianespace from the Kourou Space Port in French Guyana.