November 10, 2015

69th straight success for Ariane 5

Tuesday 10 November, Ariane 5 completed a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre, orbiting two new telecommunications satellites: Arabsat-6B for the operator Arabsat and GSAT-15 for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The flight marked the European launcher’s 69th straight success since 2003.

With a launch mass of 5.8 tonnes, Arabsat-6B is a telecommunications satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) for the operator Arabsat. The first of the sixth generation of Arabsat satellites, it will deliver radiobroadcasting, broadband and telecommunications services to the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. It has an expected service lifetime of over 15 years.

With a launch mass of 3.2 tonnes, GSAT-15 is a telecommunications satellite built and operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). GSAT-15 will deliver telecommunications services and navigation and emergency services to India, joining ISRO’s fleet of 13 operational telecommunications satellites. It has an expected service lifetime of 12 years.

Commenting on the launch, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall said: “CNES is proud to have accomplished this 69th straight success for Ariane 5 and I would once again like to congratulate all of the teams to whom we owe this success, at ESA, at Arianespace, across Europe’s space industry and at Arabsat and ISRO. I would also like to thank CNES’s teams at the Launch Vehicles Directorate and the Guiana Space Centre for completing this sixth launch for Ariane 5 this year.”

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