August 20 – Arianespace S.A. successfully launched the Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 satellites for Eutelsat Communications S.A. and Intelsat S.A. respectively on an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Eutelsat 8 West B was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space and is equipped with 40 Ku- and 10 C-band transponders. It will provide DTH and telecoms services to users in Africa, the Middle East and South America from the 7/8°W orbital location. Intelsat 34 was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral, LLC and is equipped with 18 Ku- and 22 C-band transponders. It will replace the Intelsat 805 and Galaxy 11 satellites at the 304.5°E orbital location and provide DTH services throughout Latin America and aeronautical and maritime mobile services across the North Atlantic air and sea routes.
August 27 – The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched India’s newest communications satellite, GSAT- 6, on the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle. Manufactured by ISRO based on the I- 2K satellite platform, GSAT-6 is equipped with five S-band spot beams and one C-band beam. The satellite will provide a variety of communications services, including for military applications, from the 83°E orbital location.
August 28 – In its first commercial mission since a launch failure in May this year, ILS International Launch Services Inc. (ILS) successfully launched the Inmarsat-5 F3 satellite, the third and final satellite of the Global Xpress constellation, for Inmarsat plc on a Proton launch vehicle. Inmarsat-5 F3 will provide coverage of the Pacific Ocean and, together with the Inmarsat-5 F1 and Inmarsat- 5 F2 satellites launched previously by ILS, will form a global high-speed mobile broadband network. All three of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellites were manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems International, Inc.