Spacecraft Operations

We operate more than 75 Intelsat and third-party spacecraft, including satellites from all major manufacturers. This experience ensures the highest level of service and reliability for your commercial and government applications.

  • Continuous satellite monitoring and control from redundant operations centers in McLean, VA and Long Beach, CA
  • Orbit determination, maneuver planning, propellant management and end-of-life prediction
  • Satellite health management, performance trending, anomaly resolution, payload management and reconfiguration
  • Hinder coordination
  • Oversight of ground control system implementation
  • Flexible solutions for GEO and other orbiting spacecraft (LEO, MEO, etc.)
    • Primary or back-up on-orbit operations
    • Short-term or early on-orbit operations
    • Lease of worldwide TT&C assets
  • Training programs for satellite operations

Intelsat has developed unique tools by combining third party and in-house ground control software products to create the most automated satellite control system in the industry. From the ground to LEO to MEO to GEO and everything else in between, we have a solution for your spacecraft operational requirements.


  • Economies of scale
  • Fully redundant and back-up SOCs in McLean, VA and Long Beach, CA
  • Assured reliability from experience with anomaly analysis and resolution, advanced control system, automation and rigorous fleet management process

Spacecraft Platforms Intelsat Operates

  • Airbus E2000
  • Airbus E3000
  • Boeing 381
  • Boeing 393
  • Boeing 601
  • Boeing 601HP
  • Boeing 601MEO
  • Boeing 702
  • Boeing 702MP
  • LM 7000
  • OSC Star 2
  • SSL 1300 Omega
  • SSL FS1300
  • Thales Spacebus 3000B