Horizons 3e is expected to commence service in the first quarter of Horizons 3e is the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite to feature a multiport amplifier that enables power portability across all Ku-band spot beams. With the multiport amplifier, power can be adjusted to each beam to meet customer throughput demands. This enhanced, advanced digital payload features full beam interconnectivity in three commercial bands and significant upgrades on power, efficiency and coverage flexibility.
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It will provide high performance capacity to our customers with an architecture that gives them a greater level of control and freedom of choice over hardware and service attributes, allowing more opportunity to develop new service offerings and grow their businesses.
The expected throughput of the satellites will vary according to application and satellite, but is expected to be in the range of Gbps, typically 10 times more than our traditional fleet. Traditional capacity will still be very relevant for a wide range of applications and bandwidth requirements, thanks to its unique broadcasting and content distribution ability within wide beams all around the world.
Given our heritage in operating in C, Ku and Ka and our collection of orbital rights, Intelsat has a unique ability to deploy the spectrum based upon what is best suited to the application and customer. Unlike many new satellite operators, Intelsat is not constrained to Ka-band. Spot beams will be an important part of this platform. The combination of spot beams and wide beams will enhance the performance over expanded coverage areas.
Spot beams in C, Ku or Ka allow Intelsat to improve service for a given geography in the coverage area. The payloads will be designed to address specific market segments where higher throughput, increased link availability and increased bandwidth are advantageous or required. Our Customer Solutions team will work with customers closely to develop the optimal solution for their requirements.
The platform will support star and mesh topologies, offering customers better control over their network design. We are the leader in satellite design and operations, and have incorporated spot beams and frequency reuse on our satellites for some time, including on the Intelsat 9 series. The decision is based on technologies that have a good flight heritage but are combined in a new, innovative way.
To start, the platform will be comprised of two Intelsat Epic NG -class satellites with expected in-service dates in and Those satellites will be Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e.
As we plan our fleet, we will continue to work with our customers to understand their growth plans and the applications being supported in order to determine our future satellite designs. Costs for customers will depend on the specific application and region being served.
Consider the case where today, due to limited capacity, a customer has to operate on multiple satellites with multiple uplink chains from possibly multiple locations. With Intelsat Epic NG , they will be able to source all of their capacity from a single satellite, reducing the complexity and simplifying operations.
Since the architectures are different, the transitions will require some customer involvement, as is true with any satellite transfer.
Press Release: Horizons 3e’s launch completes Intelsat Epic global play
Intelsat 33e , also known as ISe , is a high throughput geostationary communications satellite operated by Intelsat and designed and manufactured by Boeing on the BSSMP platform. Intelsat 33e was designed and manufactured by Boeing on the Boeing MP satellite bus. When stowed for launch, the satellite measures 7. It is powered by two wings, with four panels each, of triple-junction GaAs solar cells.