Intelsat 29e healthy in Orbit, ready to begin Apogee-Maneuvers

The Intelsat 29e satellite launched atop an Ariane 5 rocket on Wednesday received a smooth ride into Geostationary Transfer Orbit and finished its initial checkouts, now ready to begin the climb to Geostationary Orbit for a 15-year mission delivering high-capacity communications services to the Americas and the Trans-Atlantic flight route.

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Photos: Ariane 5 rumbles away from Jungle Launch Pad

Europe’s workhorse rocket conducted a rare single-payload launch on Wednesday, lifting the Intelsat 29e communications satellite to an optimized Geostationary Transfer Orbit to begin an “Epic” mission as part of Intelsat’s new and improved communications architecture.

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