Intelsat 16 Launched Successfully

A Proton Breeze M vehicle launched from Kazahkstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome at 7:39 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 11 and successfully carried the Intelsat 16 satellite into orbit. Spacecraft separation and signal acquisition was obtained more than nine hours later at approximately 5:14 a.m. EST on Friday.

The satellite was built by Orbital Sciences Corp. It will provide expansion capacity for Sky Mexico's direct-to-home satellite services, including HDTV and be available as a backup for Sky Brazil.

"The IS-16 satellite, at 58 degrees W, expands Intelsat's Latin American direct-to-home platform," said Dave McGlade, Intelsat CEO. "We thank the skilled engineering and operations teams of ILS, Khrunichev, Orbital and Intelsat for a successful mission."

Due to the bad weather on the East Coast, the FCC was open only one day last week and the International Bureau's Policy Branch did not publish a list of space station (satellite) applications and grants. As a result, there is no "Satellite Update" this week.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.