By Robert Briel
March 26, 2012 07.01 Europe/London
The Intelsat 22 satellite was launched successfully on Sunday, March 25, from the Baikonur cosmodrome.
The satellite was built by Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems, is based on their 702MP platform and possesses a mass of 6199kg.
The Proton M/Breeze M launch vehicle weighs in at 705,000kg, including payload. Intelsat 22 will carry two Ku-band mobility beams providing coverage of the Indian Ocean region, which will blanket busy maritime and aeronautical routes.
From its position at 72 degrees East, Intelsat 22 will have Ku-band capacity serving the Middle East and eastern Africa. Its C-band hemi beams coverage will provide connectivity to and from most of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and eastern Asia.
It also carries an Ultra-High Frequency hosted payload that will be used by the Australian Defence Force. The satellite is the first to use Boeing’s new 702MP platform. The anticipated service life is 18 years.
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