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Intelsat to Deliver Satellite Broadband Service Despite Launch Glitch

Although the deployment of two solar panels for Intelsat 19 did not go well early this month, Intelsat broadband service from the satellite will be available. This was confirmed by Dianne VanBeber, a spokeswoman for Intelsat.

Engineers finished the aborted deployment of solar panels on June 12 and spent two more weeks to check if the satellite was at its correct orbital position and if the satellite communications antennas were working.

The post-launch work was now done and the satellite is operating in geostationary orbit at 166 degrees East. But the launch glitch caused  damage to the south solar array, which decreased available power than originally planned, Intelsat said.

The payload for the Intelsat 19 satellite includes two ku-band beams covering the Northeast and Northwest Pacific Ocean. The beams will provide uninterrupted coverage for airplanes travelling across East Asia and the US.

The satellite will also facilitate the transmission of television signals between the U.S. West Coast and countries in the Pacific, replacing Intelsat 8. The satellite will serve Discovery Networks, ESPN, CNBC, MTV  and BBC World.

Satellite broadband on board was introduced in 2001 with Boeing’s Connexion service, but the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 forced many airlines to slash the budget for in-flight amenities and the service ultimately waned.  Recently, a second generation on-board broadband is launched.

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) recently confirmed plans to provide broadband access via satellite communications services. ANA will do this via OnAir service from Intelsat rival Inmarsat. The satellite communications service will be available on Boeing 767 and 777 aircraft starting mid-2013. ANA was a former Connexion client.

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