September 20, 2018

100th Ariane 5 flight to orbit Horizons 3e and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38

Tuesday 25 September, Ariane 5 will be sent aloft from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, to orbit two telecommunications satellites: Horizons 3e, built by Boeing for Intelsat and its partner SKY Perfect JSAT, and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38, built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) for Azercosmos and Intelsat. The launch will mark Ariane 5’s 100th flight, its fourth in 2018 and the sixth of the year from the CSG.

With a launch mass of 6.444 tonnes and an expected service life of 15 years, Horizons 3e will complete Intelsat EpicNG’s global coverage to provide broadband, mobility and government customers with new-generation high-throughput services at 30 gigabits per second to the Asia-Pacific region and the Pacific Ocean.

With a launch mass of 3.5 tonnes and an expected service life of 15 years, Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 is Azercosmos’s second telecommunications satellite. The multi-mission satellite will offer capacity and coverage to support growing demand in the region for Direct-to-Home (DTH), government and network services in Europe, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. It will expand the current capacity currently of Azerspace-1 and provide broadband connectivity for corporate networks and government applications in Africa.

Flight VA243 marks a major milestone for Ariane 5, which will be making its 100th launch in over 22 years of operational service.

To celebrate this event, ArianeGroup, ESA, CNES and Arianespace are rolling out a unique campaign on social media at #withariane to encourage European citizens to make the Ariane 5 launcher a feature of their daily lives. Internet users can download a specific Ariane 5 Snapchat lens to launch the vehicle from unusual places all over the world.

The Ariane 5 launch will be carried live on via YouTube

Pascale Bresson    Press Officer    Tel: +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39
Raphaël Sart    Press Officer    Tel: +33 (0)1 44 76 74 51

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