Intelsat 20
Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID2012-043A
SATCAT no.38740
Mission duration18 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftIntelsat 20
Spacecraft typeSSL 1300
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass6,090 kg (13,430 lb)
Power19.3 kW
Start of mission
Launch date2 August 2012, 20:54 UTC
RocketAriane 5 ECA (VA208)
Launch siteCentre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-3
Entered serviceSeptember 2012
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude68.5° East
Band79 transponders:
24 C band
54 Ku-band
1 Ka-band
Coverage areaAsia-Pacific, Asia, Africa, Middle East

Intelsat 20 is a geostationary communications satellite which is operated by Intelsat. It was constructed by Space Systems/Loral, and is based on the LS-1300 satellite bus.[1] It was launched on 2 August 2012, and replaces the Intelsat 7 and Intelsat 10 spacecraft at 68.5° East longitude. It is fully operational since September 2012.[2]

Intelsat 20 is the 47th satellite that Space Systems/Loral will provide to Intelsat, the leading provider of Fixed-Satellite Services (FSS) worldwide.[3]

Intelsat 20 carries 24 C-band, 54 Ku-band and 1 Ka-band transponders. The C-band covers the Asia-Pacific region, while the Ku-band transponders is used for Direct to Home broadcasting to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.[4] The Ka-band payload provides coverage to the Middle East and Central Asia.

See also


  1. ^ "Intelsat". 11 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Satellite Launches". Intelsat.
  3. ^ "Display: Intelsat 20 2012-043A". NASA. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Duffy, Louise (3 August 2012). "Intelsat 20 satellite launches to serve Africa and India". Rapid TV News. Retrieved 29 March 2021.