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Boeing’s third of four 702 Medium Power (MP) satellites, Intelsat 27, arrived in Long Beach, Calif. to prepare for launch.
The spacecraft will undergo preflight checks at the home port of launch provider Sea Launch before being transported by ship to a location in the South Pacific Ocean for liftoff aboard a Zenit-2S rocket.
Intelsat 27 is designed to provide media, network and government communications services that will span North America, South America and Europe.
“By working together with Intelsat and building on the 702MP’s flexible, modular design, we have tailored each satellite to offer the specific capabilities required while delivering them on or ahead of schedule,” said Craig Cooning, chief executive officer of Boeing Satellite Systems International and vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems.
The approximately 12,000-pound spacecraft is designed to provide 15 or more years of service. Intelsat 27 is part of Intelsat’s fleet replacement and expansion plans and completes Intelsat’s global broadband mobility platform consisting of 10 beams on seven satellites. It is also augmented with a UHF hosted payload for use in government applications and will provide direct-to-home and video distribution services.
Intelsat 27 is scheduled to launch in early 2013. It is the second 702MP to be launched by Sea Launch.