Galaxy-16 (G-16) at 99° West
|Manufacturer:||Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)|
|Launch operator:||Sea Launch|
|Launch vehicle:||Zenit 3SL|
|Expected lifetime:||15 Years|
The spacecraft is a version of SS/L’s space-proven SSL-1300 satellite platform, which has an excellent record of reliable operation. The geostationary SSL-1300 has a designed service life of 15 years and maintains station-keeping and orbital stability by using bipropellant propulsion and momentum-bias systems. The satellite a C- and Ku-band satellite with 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders. A system of high efficiency solar arrays and lightweight batteries provides uninterrupted electrical power.
In February 2007, after the acquisition of PanAmSat, satellite operator Intelsat officially named the satellite Galaxy-16.
Galaxy-16 was successfully launched on August 16th, 2006 on a Zenit-3SL launcher operated by launch operator Sea Launch from the Odyssey launch platform.