Denver-based United Launch Alliance launched Intelsat‘s Intelsat-14 telecommunications satellite Nov. 23 aboard an Atlas 5 rocket lifting off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The launch occurred at 1:55 a.m. EST, followed by signal acquisition and spacecraft separation from the rocket nearly two hours later at 3:53 a.m. EST, Intelsat said in a press release.
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Intelsat-14 is intended to replace the Bermuda- and Washington-based fixed satellite services company’s 1R satellite at 315 degrees east.
The new satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral and based on its 1300 satellite bus, is expected to last 16 years. In addition to its 40 C- and 22 Ku-band transponders, Intelsat-14 carries a hosted payload for the U.S. Defense Department’s Internet Router in Space program.