Intelsat, a leading provider of inflight connectivity and operator of a large satellite and terrestrial network, has achieved a significant milestone in the commercial satellite industry. The company successfully launched the Galaxy 37/Horizons-4 (G-37/H-4) satellite, setting a new record by sending eight geostationary satellites into space within a span of just 10 months.
CEO of Intelsat, Dave Wajsgras, expressed his satisfaction with the completion of their comprehensive Galaxy fleet refresh plan, which began almost a year ago. He emphasized the importance of this achievement, as it adds to the 40-year legacy of the Galaxy satellites that have been relied upon by North American customers for decades. Additionally, this launch marks the 20-year anniversary of Intelsat’s partnership with JSAT, enabling both companies to serve a wider customer base across the globe.
The satellite, manufactured by Maxar, was launched on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on 3rd August 2023. The separation of G-37/H-4 from the rocket occurred at 1:33 a.m. EDT, and Intelsat confirmed the acquisition of its signal at 1:37 a.m. EDT.
Once operational later this year, G-37/H-4 will be positioned at 127 degrees West and offer a diverse range of services and coverage. The C-Band payload of G-37 will provide television media and telecommunication network customers with North American capacity. On the other hand, the Ku-band payload of H-4 will ensure continuity for mobility, network, and U.S. government customers. This payload will be jointly owned by Intelsat and JSAT International, the U.S.-owned subsidiary of SKY Perfect JSAT Corp.