Intelsat-12 (IS-12, PAS-12, Europe*Star 1) at 64° East
|Manufacturer:||Thales Alenia Space|
|Launch vehicle:||Ariane 44LP|
|Expected lifetime:||15 Years|
Europe*Star Ltd, headquartered in London, was a joint venture between Alcatel Spacecom (Thales Alenia Space) of France and Loral Space & Communications of the United States. Alcatel was the prime contractor and Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) provided the satellite bus, and integrated and tested the satellite in Palo Alto, CA.
The satellite commenced services at the start of 2001, and the innovative Europe*Star-1 satellite has five high-performance beams covering Europe, Southern Africa, the Middle-East, the Indian subcontinent and South East Asia. Its Europe*Star B satellite provides additional capacity for markets in Central and Eastern Europe.
Europe*Star-1 was launched on October 29th, 2000 on an Ariane 44LP rocket booster operated by launch operator Arianespace from their Kourou Space Port launch complex in French Guyana.