Intelsat General is preparing a new satellite, the Intelsat IS-27 featuring a UHF hosted payload scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2013. The Intelsat IS-27 will replace the Intelsat IS-805 satellite and provide increased and enhanced C-Band and Ku-Band capacity over the Americas and Europe for media, network and government services.
IS-27 is ready for service as a hosted payload provider. This new solution for meeting the increasing demand for SATCOM bandwidth involves “hosting” military payloads aboard commercial satellites.
A CSM (Communication System Monitor) is being built atone of Intelsat’s teleport facilities to support the UHF payload. This system consists of a high gain UHF antenna and a network of monitoring tools that will allow for continuous monitoring of the services across the payload to ensure service integrity.
Intelsat General’s headquarters in Bethesda, MD and their Secure Operations Center (ISOC) have 24/7 access to this monitoring system. This will ensure that users will have quick and reliable information on the payload performance. See below an image of the UHF antenna.
Hosted payloads greatly reduce the cost of new SATCOM assets, and also assist in what many in the industry refer to as “disaggregation” – protecting military assets in space by dispersing them more broadly. Recently we wrote about the benefits the Australian Defense Force (ADF) is enjoying through their hosted payload on IS-22.
It’s widely acknowledged that governments and the space industry need to collaborate on a new architecture for space. In an excellent editorial recently, Air Force magazine talked about the need for new approaches, driven by budgetary realities and increased threats to existing space assets.
While we work towards that new architecture, Intelsat will continue to invest in new assets like IS-27 that deliver the best possible service to customers.