Galaxy 18 Launch Successful

Intelsat has launched its first satellite of 2008.

The Galaxy 18 satellite was successfully launched May 21 and will operate from 123 degrees west serving programmers, government and corporate broadband customers in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

The satellite features 24 C- and 24 Ku-band transponders allowing for increased power and flexibility for video and data transmissions.

Intelsat CEO David McGlade said Galaxy 18 will operate “in a powerhouse role, delivering some of the most popular programming to millions of American homes.”

Bermuda-based Intelsat has 16 other satellites in its Galaxy fleet covering North America, Central America and the Caribbean.