Intelsat-14 (IS-14) has been successfully launched into orbit on the Atlas-V rocket by Lockheed Martin.

The satellite, developed by Space Systems / Loral for fixed satellite services provider Intelsat, will provide high-powered video and data services through its C-band and Ku-band payload throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa.

The IS-14 launch begins an 11-satellite replenishment campaign by Intelsat and will replace its 1R satellite once it enters service at 315º E.

Intelsat CEO Dave McGlade said that Intelsat customers used their infrastructure as an essential component to deliver in-demand services that include cellular backhaul to enable wireless communications in remote regions, broadband networks for enterprise and oil and gas applications, and IP trunking services for internet connectivity.

The spacecraft also carries a hosted payload for the internet router in space (IRIS) programme for Cisco Systems.

Cisco Global Government Solutions Group vice-president Steve Boutelle said that once in service, the IRIS payload will support network services for voice, video and data communications, enabling US military units and allied forces to communicate with one another.

The satellite will continue to provide the capacities for a design life of 16 years.

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