This time the Zenit 3SLB orbited the Intelsat-18 satellite produced by the US-based Orbital Sciences Corporation, with whom Yuzhmash has been actively cooperating under the Taurus-2 project.
Intelsat-18 has a launch weight of 3,200 kg. The spacecraft will provide telecommunications services in the United States, Australia, French Polynesia and other regions. Its term of service is 15 years.
The Zenit-2SB rocket was developed by the Yuzhnoye State Design Office, and is produce at the state-controlled enterprise "Production Association Southern Machine-Building Plant" (both - Dnipropetrovsk, east of Ukraine).
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