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Galaxy 30

Intelsat awarded in January 2018 a contract to build the Galaxy 30 Ku- and Ka-band communications satellite ti Orbital ATK. This satellite will be based on the flight-proven GEOStar-2 platform.

Galaxy 3 will carry a C-band payload for traditional broadcast applications, such as ultra-high definition distribution, and also Ku- and Ka-band payloads to support broadband applications. The GEOStar-2 design has the capabilities that will allow us to advance our network architecture while still providing incomparable economics for our customers.

Galaxy 30 will be designed, built and tested at Orbital ATKs state-of-the-art satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia, and will primarily serve video markets in North America. The satellite is scheduled to launch in early 2020.

Galaxy 30 will share the upper berth of an Ariane-5ECA rocket with MEV 2, while a third yet unnamed payload flies in the lower berth.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Intelsat
Contractors: Orbital ATK
Equipment: C-, Ku- and Ka-band payloads
Configuration: GEOStar-2 Bus
Propulsion: IHI BT-4
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Galaxy 30 - 2020 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with MEV 2, ?
Further Galaxy missions: