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Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT joint venture to launch HTS for Asia-Pac

Horizons 3e will be based on Intelsat's EpicNG class design Horizons 3e will be based on Intelsat's EpicNG class design

Intelsat and Japan’s SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation have signed an agreement to form a joint venture that will launch a new satellite with C-band and high throughput Ku-band capacity to meet connectivity demands in the Asia-Pacific region.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The satellite, to be known as Horizons 3e and stationed at the 169 degrees East orbital location, is based on the Intelsat EpicNG design and will complete the global footprint of the Intelsat next generation platform following its launch in the second half of 2018.

Horizons 3e will be constructed over a two and a half  year period, and marks the fourth satellite to be owned jointly by JSAT and Intelsat, following Horizons-1 (launched in 2003), Horizons-2 (launched in 2007) and Intelsat 15/JCSAT-85 (launched in 2009).

“Today marks another milestone in our long history of collaboration with JSAT,” said Stephen Spengler, chief executive officer, Intelsat.

“With Horizons 3e, we will introduce the Intelsat EpicNG platform to the Asia-Pacific region, completing our global high throughput footprint and enhancing our IntelsatOne Flex service platform.”

“The scalability, power and flexibility of Intelsat EpicNG will provide commercial and governmental aeronautical and maritime services with unprecedented seamless, contiguous broadband coverage over the most widely trafficked routes from the Atlantic to the Pacific.”{/mprestriction}

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