Intelsat Americas 7
|Mission duration||12 years (planned)|
22 years, 10 months, 21 days (elapsed)
|Launch mass||3,790 kg (8,360 lb)|
|Dry mass||1,537 kg (3,389 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||25 September 1999, 06:29 UTC|
|Rocket||Ariane 4LP (V121)|
|Launch site||Centre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-2|
|Entered service||November 1999|
|End of mission|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Coverage area||North America|
Galaxy 27 is a communications satellite owned by Intelsat. It was at first located at 129° West longitude, serving most of the North America market. It was built by Space Systems/Loral, as part of its LS-1300 line. Galaxy 27 was formerly known as Intelsat Americas-7 and Telstar-7.
This satellite experienced a power failure of several days in 2004 and returned to service with reduced capacity.
In May 2011, Galaxy 27 was redeployed to 45.1° East longitude in order to expand Intelsat's services in the Middle East and Western Asia. In October 2013, Intelsat moved the satellite to an inclined orbit at 66° East. At its inclined orbit of 2.4° at 66° East, Galaxy 27 is in a collocated orbit with Intelsat 17.