International Launch Services announced that the ViaSat-1 satellite was successfully launched on a Proton/Breeze-M vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 19th 2011 at 18:48 GMT. After 9 hours and 12 minutes mission the sarellite was successfully deployed to the target orbit. Weighting 6740 kilos, ViaSat-1 will be the highest capacity satellite in the world providing multimedia Internet access over the North America.
Today at 16:21 CNST / 08:21 UTC Eutelsat W3C satellite was successful launched by a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China and within 3 hours from the separation performed partial deployment of the satellite’s solar arrays. Antennas deployment and orbit circularising manoeuvres will follow over the coming 10 days.
Today at approximately 06:36 EDT Anik F2 satellite experienced a technical anomaly resulting in loss of satellite services to its customers. Telesat is in control of the satellite and all indications are that it is healthy and can be returned to service.
Intelsat S.A. announced today that a Sea Launch AG-provided Zenit-3SLB vehicle successfully lifted the Intelsat 18 satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5 p.m. EDT (21:00 GMT). The signal was acquired at 11:34 p.m. EDT (03:34 GMT) and after 6 hours and 35 minutes mission the satellite was deployed at its final GTO destination orbit of 5,517.6 X 35,785.2 kilometers X 19.5 degrees inclination. Built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, Intelsat 18 launch mass is 3200 kg with a useful life of nearly 17 years. It will replace Intelsat 701 at 180ºE and will provide Ku-band and C-band capacity to Pacific Ocean Region.