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Intelsat New Dawn


Designation 37392 / 11016A
Launch date 22 Apr 2011
Country of origin Mauritius
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit 32.9°E
Launch vehicle Ariane VA201

Joint venture with a South African investor group led by Convergence Partners. Payload optimised to deliver wireless backhaul, broadband and television programming to the African continent. New Dawn Satellite Co. Ltd. is registered in Port Louis, Mauritius

Total cost US$250 million. The equity (15% of the financing) is to be provided by Intelsat (74.9 percent) and the Convergence Partners-led group (25.1 percent).

The C-band (west) antenna remained stuck and failed to deploy. Therefore only Ku-band capacity is operational. Insurance claim should be filled.

Tested at 23.1°E

External resources

sat-index articles

Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading

EIRP coverage at 33°E (dBW)



Prime contractor OSC
Platform Star-2
Mass at launch 3000 kg
Dry mass 1283 kg
Dimension 4.9 x 2.5 x 3.1 m
Solar array 25.6 m span
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power EOL: 6750 W
Design lifetime 15 years

Telemetry: 3947.5 MHz, 3950 MHz, 3952.5 MHz, 11.198 GHz, and 11.452 GHz


Main transponders 28
Backup transponders  
Bandwidth 36 MHz
Coverage Africa, Middle East and part of Europe
EIRP max 41.6 dBW
G/T max  
Frequencies uplink: 5.850-6.500 GHz
downlink: 3.625-4.200 GHz
Antenna did not unfold, so no C-band available.


Main transponders 24
Backup transponders  
Bandwidth 36 MHz
Coverage Southern Africa
EIRP max 50.3 dBW
G/T max  
Frequencies uplink: 14.0-14.5 GHz
downlink: 10.95-11.20 & 11.45-11.70 GHz

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