SpaceX Falcon 9 wins Intelsat 40e launch order

by | Mar 18, 2020 | Launches, NASA, Satellites, Science, Seradata News, SpaceX

SpaceX is looking ahead of the Coronavirus outbreak as it lands yet another launch contract. The global communications satellite operator Intelsat has chosen to launch its Maxar (SSL)-built Intelsat-40e communications satellite via a Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The launch will take place in 2022. The Intelsat-40e will be launched into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) on its way to its final operational position in geostationary Earth orbit (GEO).

While primarily used to provide Ku- and Ka-band communications services to the continental USA as part of the Intelsat Epic fleet, partially replacing the failed Intelsat 29e, the Intelsat 40e spacecraft is also carrying a hosted pollution monitoring payload for NASA called TEMPO (Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution).

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