August 19, 2016

Next Ariane 5 mission set to launch Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 satellites

Wednesday 24 August, Ariane 5 will lift off from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, to place two new telecommunications satellites—Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36—into orbit for the operator Intelsat. This will be Ariane 5’s fourth launch this year and its 87th flight in all.

With a launch mass of 6,575 kilograms, Intelsat 33e (IS-33e) is a telecommunications satellite built by Boeing Space Systems for operator Intelsat. IS-33e is the second of Intelsat’s next-generation EpicNG satellites, following IS-29e successfully orbited in January. IS-33e will meet broadband demand for carrier-grade telecom services, enterprise networks and aeronautical connectivity, as well as certain media services. It will combine high-throughput C-band and Ku-band wide and narrow spot beams across Europe, Central Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. It has an expected service lifetime of at least 15 years.

With a launch mass of 3,250 kilograms, Intelsat 36 is a telecommunications satellite built by Space Systems Loral, also for Intelsat. Intelsat 36 will enhance Intelsat’s media neighbourhoods serving the South African and Indian Ocean region, supporting Ku-band services for MultiChoice, the leading satellite direct-to-home platform in South Africa. The C-band payload will provide in-orbit resilience for the company’s video content distribution neighbourhood. The satellite has an expected service lifetime of at least 15 years.

The launch of Ariane 5 will be broadcast live on via the Dailymotion video platform

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