Intelsat Launches Galaxy 19

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Intelsat, the world’s largest provider of commercial satellite services, Wednesday said that its Galaxy 19 satellite was successfully launched aboard a Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket.

The satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral, will operate from 97º West, replacing the Galaxy 25 spacecraft. Galaxy 19 will provide valuable 50-state coverage, in addition to reaching the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico, to video, government and network customers.

Galaxy 19 will join Intelsat’s North American Galaxy fleet comprised of 16 other satellites that cover North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

“Once operational, Galaxy 19 will host the largest international video programming platform in North America, providing distribution of news and entertainment to our customers who serve the ethnically diverse audience of this region,” Intelsat CEO David McGlade said in a prepared statement.

“Likewise, Galaxy 19 will offer our government and network customers refreshed capacity, with seamless data communications for years to come,” he added. “This was our last launch of 2008, completely refreshing the capacity of Intelsat’s North American Galaxy Fleet.”

The launch marked Intelsat’s eighth with Sea Launch and the 43rd satellite constructed by Space Systems/Loral to enter its in-orbit fleet. Intelsat’s next launch is slated for early next year.

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