Intelsat 34 will serve the role originally intended for the lost Intelsat 27. This includes providing capacity to meet the
growing needs of Latin American media customers, as well as broadband for aeronautical companies serving the busy North Atlantic
Intelsat 34, unlike its predecessor, does not include the UHF-band that Intelsat had been unable to sell to its intended customer,
the U.S. Department of Defense.
The satellite will broadcast television to homes in Brazil, distribute video programming for companies like HBO and Fox across
Latin America, and beam broadband services to travelers aboard airplanes and ships crossing the North Atlantic Ocean. Intelsat 34 is
the 50th Loral-built satellite launched for Intelsat. With a launch mass of 7,275 pounds - about 3.3 metric tons - Intelsat 34 is a
replacement for the Intelsat 27 spacecraft lost aboard a Sea Launch mission in 2013. It will take the place of Intelsat's Galaxy 11
and Intelsat 805 spacecraft in orbit, the company's last two relay stations launched before 2000.