INTELSAT NEW DAWN was built by Orbital Sciences Corp. and is based on that firm's Star 2 platform. The 6,600-pound
(3,000-kg) spacecraft will link Africa, Western Europe, the Middle East and Pakistan through Ku-band and C-band
transponders and antennas. Intelsat New Dawn is geared for wireless broadband, television and other media applications.
Carries 14 active C-band transponders and 16 Ku-band transponders to serve customers in Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and Western Europe; the C-band antenna has failed to deploy as of 6/11.
An Ariane 5ECA placed two communications satellites in geostationary
transfer orbit on Apr 22, 2011. Intelsat New Dawn is an Orbital Star 2,
also with a C/Ku hybrid payload, and will be stationed at 32.8E for
coverage of Africa. It is owned by New Dawn Satellite Co. Ltd., a joint
venture of Intelsat S.A. (UK) and Convergence Partners (Johannesburg,
South Africa); New Dawn Satellite Co. Ltd. is registered in Port Louis,
Mauritius (as is RASCOMStar QAF, another regional African satellite operator).
Another blow to communications satellite operators, Intelsat New Dawn, launched by an Ariane in April, couldn't unfold its
C-band antenna dish, although its Ku-band system is working well. New
Dawn is in a 35778 x 35795 km x 0.0 deg geostationary orbit over 52.5E.