The countdown has begun for the launch of the New Dawn satellite tonight. Intelsat has confirmed that everything is so far on schedule for the satellite's launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the Arianespace Launch Complex in Kourou, French Guiana, at about 23:45 South African time.
As Intelsat New Dawn is being prepared for launch, new business on the satellite continues to expand, with the announcement earlier this week that SkyeVine will use its capacity to provide affordable broadband Internet services to small businesses, domestic and public service entities in South Africa.
Separately, Intelsat announced that it also signed a contract to provide services to the US Department of Defense for 36 MHz transponder services for one-year, with options for four additional one-year contracts.
The Intelsat New Dawn satellite is owned by a joint venture between Intelsat and a consortium led by Convergence Partners.
The satellite’s 28 C-band and 24 Ku-band 36 MHz transponder units are designed specifically to supply critical communications infrastructure for African customers who have experienced exceptional growth along with the development of the region. The satellite will be stationed at 32.8º East longitude, and will be integrated with Intelsat’s global satellite fleet.
The historic launch can be viewed tonight via live stream on www.intelsatnewdawn.com.