Intelsat has selected SpaceX as its launch partner for Intelsat 40e (IS-40e) satellite. The launch is planned for 2022 on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
The satellite’s capabilities aim to support the customers that depend on Intelsat’s managed services and solutions to integrate satellite into their overall networking and communications strategies.
Intelsat announced in February that Maxar Technologies will manufacture IS-40e.
This is the second launch for Intelsat and SpaceX. In 2017, SpaceX launched Intelsat 35e, a satellite currently providing high-throughput coverage for Intelsat customers in portions of North and South America, Europe and Africa.
Commenting on the announcement, Intelsat Chief Services Officer Mike DeMarco, said: “We look forward to working with SpaceX to launch Intelsat 40e in 2022. IS-40e will join the Intelsat Epic high-throughput satellite fleet and integrated IntelsatOne ground network to provide our customers with the managed hybrid-connectivity they need in today’s ever-changing world.”
SpaceX Vice President of Commercial Sales Tom Ochinero, remarked: “We are honoured Intelsat has selected a flight-proven Falcon 9 to deliver its next geostationary communications satellite to orbit.”