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At 11:55 p.m. Pacific time on August 18, 2012 a second Boeing built 702 medium power (MP) satellite, the Intelsat 21 raced to its preliminary orbit on on the way to it's new permanent space home.

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Boeing's mission control center in El Segundo, California began receiving data from the Intelsat 21 just 55 minutes after launch, confirming all was functioning normal with the satellite. The Intelsat 21 satellite was launched from the Pacific Ocean from a Senit-3SL rocket. This is the second of four 702MP satellites Boeing is building for satellite services provider Intelsat.

"Intelsat 21 will continue to serve our customers in the thriving media programming sector in Latin America," said Thierry Guillemin, Intelsat senior vice president and chief technical officer. "And with C- and Ku-band services designed to span four continents, it will enhance Intelsat's global mobility network by supporting the connectivity requirements of our maritime and aeronautical customers across the South Atlantic."

The Intelsat 21 is replacing the lower powered Intelsat 9 at 302 degrees east longitude, and will complete its testing before going into service later this year.

For over 45 years Intelsat has been bringing information and entertainment to many of the world's leading media and network companies, corporations, internet service providers, and government agencies. Intelsat is the leading provider of satellite services worldwide.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 61,000 employees worldwide. Boeing maintains production plants in Kansas. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

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Craig Smith

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