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Intelsat launch using Atlas V booster

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Lockheed Martin
: 24 November, 2009  (Application Story)
Cape Canaveral has witnessed the successful launch of an Intelsat payload on board a United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster
Lockheed Martin has successfully delivered a commercial telecommunications satellite for Intelsat, a provider of fixed satellite services, into orbit aboard an Atlas V booster provided by United Launch Alliance.

The Intelsat 14 (IS-14) spacecraft, built by Space Systems/Loral, will provide high-powered video and data services through its C-band and Ku-band payload to Intelsat customers throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa. IS-14 is also part of an 11-satellite replenishment campaign and will replace Intelsat's 1R satellite once it enters service at the 315 degrees east longitude orbital location.

The spacecraft also carries a hosted payload for the Internet Router in Space, or IRIS program, for Cisco Systems.

'Intelsat chose Atlas V because of its reliability and its credibility in the marketplace,' said David Markham, president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. 'This successful launch and orbital insertion further demonstrates the flexibility and capabilities of Atlas that can be applied to the marketplace as we continue to seek one to two commercial orders per year.'

Intelsat is a provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. For 45 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and entertainment for many of the world's leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and governmental agencies. Intelsat's satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video, data and voice services.

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, which markets the Atlas V to commercial customers worldwide, is a unit of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, which is a major operating unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Space Systems Company designs, develops, tests, manufactures and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security, civil and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; ballistic missiles; missile defence systems; and nanotechnology research and development.

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