Inclined Orbit Capacity—A Cost-Saving Solution for a Range of Customers
At the end of the satellite's lifetime, Intelsat will allow the spacecraft to drift into inclined orbit (IO) to prolong its operation.
Intelsat's IO capacity:
- Is ideal for applications that already require satellite-tracking capabilities, such as ships, airplanes or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
- Can be used with antenna sizes ranging from 12in (e.g., COTM-type) to 32m
- Supports 19.2 kbps to 155 Mbps links
- Offers identical service types as station-kept satellites as long as earth stations have satellite tracking capabilities
- Provides a 20-30% lower-cost, technically sound alternative, particularly when station-kept capacity is scarce or at a premium
Intelsat's IO capacity is currently used by a range of government and commercial customers, including:
- The U.S. Navy using C-band service in the Pacific Ocean region with 2.4 meter shipboard terminals
- The U.S. Air Force using Ku-band spot beams for the Global Hawk UAV in the Pacific Ocean region with 1.2 meter terminals
- The U.S. Space & Missile Command using both C and Ku-band in the Continental U.S. region.
- Ku-band service for trains and trucks with 12in dishes
- iDirect shared service platform with C-band to 2.4m and smaller commercial maritime vessels