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INTELSAT 34 or IS-34 is communications satellite built on Space Systems/Loral's 1300-series satellite platform. The satellite broadcasts television to homes in Brazil, distributes video programming for companies like HBO and Fox across Latin America, and beams Internet broadband services to travelers aboard airplanes and ships crossing the North Atlantic Ocean.

Intelsat 34
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorIntelsat
COSPAR ID2015-039A
SATCAT no.40874
Mission duration15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
BusSSL 1300
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass3,300 kilograms (7,300 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date20 August 2015 20:34 UTC (2015-08-20UTC20:34Z)
RocketAriane 5 ECA
Launch siteKourou
ContractorArianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeGeostationary
Longitude55.5 west
Perigee35,792 kilometres (22,240 mi)
Apogee35,800 kilometres (22,200 mi)
Inclination0.03 degrees
Period1436.22 minutes
Epoch20 August 2015 UTC
 

Intelsat 34, unlike its predecessor, does not include the UHF-band that Intelsat had been unable to sell to its intended customer, the U.S. Department of Defense.

LaunchEdit

Intelsat 34 is the 50th Loral-built satellite launched for Intelsat. With a launch mass of 7,275 pounds - about 3.3 metric tons - Intelsat 34 is a replacement for the Intelsat 27 spacecraft lost aboard a Sea Launch mission in 2013. It took over service from the Galaxy 11 and Intelsat 805 spacecraft in orbit, the company's last two relay stations that had been launched before 2000.

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