WASHINGTON – Fleet operator Intelsat said the first high-speed satellite, Intelsat-29e, is a "total loss" after attempts to store the function-colored satellite proved successful.
Intelsat-29e suffered a fuel leak on April 7 after just three years in the geostationary orbit. Most geostationary communication satellites last 15 years if not anymore.
After fuel leakage, a subsequent problem with the Intelsat-29e communication connection occurred, causing holes in contact with the satellite. Commercial telescopes from ExoAnalytic Solutions discovered that the satellite was operating from its orbital position on April 8.
In a statement from April 1[ads1]8, Intelat, it formed a breach table with Boeing, the satellite manufacturer, to conduct a "comprehensive analysis of the cause of the deviation."
Intelsat has six epic-class high-wave satellites in orbit, of which Boeing built payloads for everyone and the chassis for five (Airbus delivered the platform for Intelsat-32e).
Intelsat said that the majority of Intelsat-29e customers have been transferred to other satellites in their fleet of about 50 spacecraft or on satellites from other operators. Intelsat-29e covered America and surrounding regions, including the Caribbean and the North Atlantic. It carries transponders in C, Ku and Ka band frequencies.