Maxar has delivered Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36 to Arianespace’s launch base in French Guiana for its customer, Intelsat. The two geostationary communications satellites will launch together in a stacked configuration in mid-December on an Ariane 5 rocket.

Galaxy 35 (left) and Galaxy 36 (right) are shown here at Maxar’s manufacturing facility in Palo Alto, California, ahead of shipment to launch base. These satellites will provide video distribution services to customers in the continental U.S.

Intelsat ordered five geostationary communications satellites from Maxar in 2020 as part of its effort to transition its services—uninterrupted—to support the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to reallocate parts of the C-band spectrum for 5G terrestrial wireless services. The Maxar-built Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32 successfully launched on November 12, 2022, and are currently being commissioned for operations.

These Galaxy satellites are built on Maxar’s proven 1300-class platform, which offers the flexibility and power needed for a broad range of customer missions.

Maxar has built nearly 60 spacecraft for Intelsat since the 1970s, including these satellites. The launch of Galaxy 35 and Galaxy 36 will be broadcast on Arianespace’s website.

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