Sea Launch is preparing for the launch of the Intelsat 19 satellite in May 2012. It will be located at 166° East longitude as part of Intelsat’s on-going fleet investment program. It replaces Intelsat 8, a leading video neighborhood providing distribution to cable head ends across the Asia-Pacific region and reaching more than 37 million pay-tv subscribers around the Pacific rim.
Sea Launch has successfully launched the Intelsat 19 satellite from the Equator on the ocean-based Launch Platform Odyssey. The Zenit-3SL rocket carrying the spacecraft lifted off at 22:23 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on Thursday, May 31st (05:23 UTC/GMT, Friday, June 1).