Maxar-built Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36 satellites launched by Intelsat
Maxar Technologies confirmed that Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36, built for Intelsat, are performing as expected after launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Arianespace’s launch base in French Guiana.
These two geostationary (GEO) satellites will enable Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network and leading provider of inflight connectivity, to transfer its services—uninterrupted—as part of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plan to reallocate parts of the C-band spectrum for 5G terrestrial wireless services.
Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36 are part of five satellites that Intelsat contracted Maxar to build for the C-band transition. All five satellites will be built on Maxar’s proven 1300-class platform, which offers the flexibility and power needed for a broad range of customer missions.
Maxar recently built two other satellites for Intelsat, Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32, which successfully launched on November 12, 2022, and are currently being commissioned for operations.
In addition to the five C-band satellites Intelsat ordered from Maxar in 2020 to support their C-band spectrum transition, the company also contracted Maxar to manufacture its next-generation Intelsat 40e geostationary communications satellite, currently in assembly.