Boeing’s Space & Intelligence Systems was assigned an order to build four more 702MP satellites for Intelsat S.A., expanding its role as the primary manufacturer of Intelsat’s new high-performance satellite fleet, Intelsat EpicNG .

Intelsat supplies satellite services to media and network companies, multinational organizations, ISPs, and government agencies. Boeing has built 50 communications satellites for Intelsat since 1967, and in 2009 it became Boeing's first customer for the 702MP satellite series when it ordered four of the new spacecraft.

St. Louis-based Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses.

The 702MPs are designed for high-capacity data transmission that Intelsat customers can tailor to their needs.

"Intelsat became our first customer for the 702MP in 2009, and we are thrilled that our satellite will carry the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput platform," according to Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. "We are committed to providing the same level of quality, on-time performance with this new order that we achieved with our prior Intelsat deliveries."

The first EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 29e, was the fourth spacecraft and the last one still in production from Intelsat's initial order. It will be launched in 2015 and will serve the Americas and the North Atlantic.

The new contract adds four more EpicNG satellites to the Intelsat fleet, starting with Intelsat 33e to be launched in 2016.

"Through the use of exclusive Boeing technology, our forward-thinking EpicNG design allows us to offer a highly differentiated service for our customers, enabling them to establish their network architecture for the next decade," stated Dave McGlade, Intelsat chairman and CEO.