Intelsat launches new satellite to increase DSTV service delivery


It is the 58th Intelsat satellite launched by Arianespace. Liftoff was at 00:16 South African time. The satellite separated from the rocket’s lower stage at 00:57, and the Intelsat launch team has confirmed signal acquisition.

Built for Intelsat by Space Systems/Loral (SSL), Intelsat 36 is co-located with Intelsat 20 at 68.5° E, providing a backup for DStv’s satellite services across Africa.

The satellite’s Ku-band payload was built to support MultiChoice while its C-band payload will provide in-orbit resilience for Intelsat’s video content distribution neighbourhood in the 68.5° E orbital slot.

We are proud to once again partner with MultiChoice as they continue to deliver high-quality services to their customers throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Intelsat 36 will enable MultiChoice to extend high-definition channels throughout the region via one of Africa’s premier video neighbourhoods” said Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat.

Intelsat 36 Launch Operations Team

Intelsat 36 Arrived Safely in French Guiana on 26 July 2016


Intelsat 36 Encapsulated under the Fairing_1

Image source: mybroadband


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