Arianespace set for 100th launch today: All about Ariane 5 rocket
New Delhi : Arianespace, world's leading satellite launch company will lift off rocket Ariane 5, the 100th launch till date. The launch has been fixed for September 25 from the spaceport in French Guiana, the company said. In an official statement, Arianespace said the rocket was cleared for liftoff with a dual satellite payload mass of 10,827 kg by the Launch Readiness Review. The two satellites the rocket would carry are Horizons 3e and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38.
As per the statement, the liftoff of Flight VA243 in Arianespace's numbering system is set for September 25 during a launch window that opens at 6.53 p.m. in French Guiana (21h53 UTC). Horizons 3e, which is to be deployed from Ariane 5's upper payload slot, owned by a joint venture of Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.
Experts say that the mission will give complete coverage for aeronautical and maritime mobility, fixed and wireless operators, as well as mobility and government customers. In addition, Horizons 3e is the first satellite in Intelsat's EpicNG spacecraft series to feature entire Ku-band spot beams utilizing multiport amplifiers that optimize power across the spacecraft.
The Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 has been designed to provide complete range of telecommunications relay duties at the service of its two operators, namely Intelsat and Azercosmos, a company owned by the government of Azerbaijan Republic, the statement said. The device has been produced by SSL.