Intelsat, Yahsat ‘stowaway’ customers on Ariane 5 launch

by Peter B. de Selding

You'd never know it from the launch webcast, but the Ariane 5 rocket's Feb. 14 launch of DirecTV's SkyB-1 direct-broadcast-television satellite for Brazil and Indonesia's Telkom-3S also launched Intelsat's 32e high-throughput Epic satellite payload. Through what they characterize as an "innovative operational and ownership structure," Intelsat and DirecTV are dividing use of the DkyB-1 Ku-band payload. DirecTV Latin America will use the beams over Brazil, while Intelsat will use the beams outside of Brazil. There's a third owner of capacity on SkyB-1: Yahsat of the United . . .

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