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.