Wednesday 22 June, Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, will be lifting off for the 113th time from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, to orbit two telecommunications satellites: MEASAT-3d, built by Airbus Defence & Space for Malaysian satellite operator MEASAT, and GSAT-24, built by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a public sector enterprise operating under the Department of Space (DOS). The two satellites will be placed into geostationary orbit to help improve broadband coverage in the Asia-Pacific region.
The launch will be the second in 2022 from the CSG and the first of the year for Ariane 5. It will also be the 257th flight in the Ariane series.
With a launch mass of 5,648 kilograms, MEASAT-3d is a multi-mission telecommunications satellite. It will significantly enhance broadband speeds up to 100 Mbps per user in areas with limited or no terrestrial network throughout Malaysia, while continuing to provide redundancy and additional capacity for video services in HD, 4K and ultimately 8K in the Asia-Pacific region. The satellite will host a Q/V-band payload, the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, to enable MEASAT to study propagation effects in high-rainfall regions like Malaysia and to pave the way for its next generation of satellites. The satellite is also carrying a hosted navigation payload for the Korea Augmentation Satellite System (KASS) operated by satellite-based communication services supplier KTSAT that will significantly enhance air traffic management in South Korea. With a nominal design lifetime of more than 18 years and a power capacity of 12 kW, MEASAT-3d will be co-located with MEASAT-3a and MEASAT-3b at the 91.5°E orbital slot.
With a launch mass of 4,181 kilograms, GSAT-24 is a Ku-band communications satellite that will provide high-quality telecommunications and direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting services over India. With a nominal design lifetime of 15 years, it will be the 11th in the fleet of geostationary telecommunication satellites owned and operated by NSIL.
The launch of Ariane 5 will be carried live on
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