The commercial spacecraft operator Intelsat S.A. and Azercosmos, the national satellite operator of Azerbaijan, announced on 17 February that the two companies have signed an agreement to jointly own a communications satellite called Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 at the 45 degrees East orbital position in the Geostationary arc.
The two companies will closely collaborate on the design of the Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellite. For Intelsat, the new satellite will provide replace Intelsat 12 satellite currently stationed at 45 degrees East, providing Direct-to-Home (DTH) and network services across Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.
For Azercosmos, the new satellite will add to the services provided by its current satellite Azerspace-1 to the Central Asian, European and Sub-Saharan African markets.
Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 is scheduled to be launched in 2017.