Intelsat has chosen SpaceX to launch its Intelsat 40e spacecraft, a high-throughput communications satellite that will join the company’s existing geostationary network. Last month, Intelsat announced that the satellite, built by Maxar, would be put into target orbit by a Falcon 9 rocket using a flight-proven first-stage booster.
Intelsat is a connectivity infrastructure company that operates a communications network that provides video and broadband services worldwide. Intelsat 40e will be dedicated to serving customers in North and Central America. SpaceX previously provided launch services for Intelsat, and its 35e satellite was launched into orbit in 2017. The satellite is currently in operation and can provide connectivity to customers in North and South America, as well as in Europe and Africa. The next launch is scheduled for 2022, so it won’t be launched immediately, but Intelsat is an important gain for SpaceX and a valuable repeat.