Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Space Travel News .




LAUNCH PAD
Arianespace Launches ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A
by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Mar 25, 2014


File image.

On Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 22:04 UTC,Arianespace carried out the 59th successful Ariane 5 launch in a row, orbiting two telecommunications satellites: ASTRA 5B for the Luxembourg-based operator SES, and Amazonas 4A for the Spanish operator Hispasat. ASTRA 5B also hosts an EGNOS(European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) payload for the EuropeanCommission.

59th successful launch in a row: Arianespace continues to deliver the world's most reliable launch service!

Today's successful mission, the 59th in a row for Europe's Ariane 5 launcher, confirms that Arianespace continues to set the standard for guaranteed access to space for all operators, whether national or international space agencies, private industry or governments.

Following the announcement of the orbital injection of the Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A satellites, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stephane Israel said: "Today's successful launch, the 59th in a row for Ariane 5, confirms the unrivaled reliability and availability of the European launcher.

"We take particular pride in being able to offer this service excellence to two leading European operators, SES and Hispasat, both long-standing customers of Arianespace, as well as the European Commission, which has an EGNOS satellite navigation payload integrated on the ASTRA 5B satellite. I would like to thank our customers for continuing to place their trust in us.

"For Arianespace and our family of the Ariane, Soyuz and Vega launchers, the watchword in 2014 will be 'Europe', following the launch of Athena-Fidus on February 6, a French-Italian spacecraft that meets both defense and homeland security requirements, and leading up to flagship programs deployed by the European Commission (Copernicus and Galileo) and the European Space Agency (ATV and IXV).

"In addition, I would also like to express my thanks to Airbus Defence and Space, as the industrial prime contractor for Ariane 5, to the rest of the European space industry, the teams at the Guiana Space Center, and our partners at CNES for today's magnificent success."

A launch for two leading European operators
Arianespace and SES have developed an exceptional relationship over the last 25 years, starting with the launch of ASTRA 1A. ASTRA 5Bis the 39th satellite from the SES group (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Bourse: SESG) to use Europe's launcher. SES operates the leading direct-to-home (DTH) satellite broadcast system in Europe, based on its ASTRA family of satellites, serving more than 135 million households via cable and DTH networks.

Built by Airbus Space and Defense using a Eurostar 3000 L platform, ASTRA 5B weighed 5,724 kg at launch. It is fitted with 60 active Ku and Ka-band transponders, and will be positioned at 31.5 degrees East.

The ASTRA 5B satellite will provide DTH television broadcast, cable distribution and digital terrestrial television (DTTV) network services in Europe and Africa. It also hosts an L-band payload for the European geostationarynavigation overlay system, EGNOS. ASTRA 5B offers a design life of about 15 years, and is the 107th satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space to be launched by Arianespace.

Amazonas 4A is the eighth Spanish satellite launched by Arianespace, and the sixth for Hispasat. Three of the four Amazonas satellites, which support the operator's expansion in South America, were launched by Ariane 5.

Amazonas 4A was built by Orbital Sciences Corporation using a GeoStar-2 platform, and weighed 2,938 kg at launch. It is equipped with 24 active Ku-band transponders.

This satellite will provide a broad range of telecommunications services across all of South America, in particular addressing the growth in demand expected because of the 2014 Football World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, both organized in Brazil. It has a design life of 15 years, and is the 25th satellite built by Orbital Sciences Corporation to be launched by Arianespace.

.


Related Links
Arianespace
Launch Pad at Space-Travel.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





LAUNCH PAD
Ariane 5 hardware arrives for next ATV mission
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Mar 24, 2014
Hardware for the Ariane 5 that will launch Europe's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) has been delivered to the Spaceport, where it will be readied to orbit the resupply craft on another of Arianespace's International Space Station servicing missions. Among the components delivered to French Guiana this week was the Ariane 5's cryogenic core stage, which arrived aboard the MN Toucan - ... read more


LAUNCH PAD
SpaceX Launch to the ISS Reset for March 30

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Solar Orbiter Mission

Ariane 5 hardware arrives for next ATV mission

Proton-M with two Russian communication satellites on board blasts off from Baikonur

LAUNCH PAD
NASA Orbiter Finds New Gully Channel on Mars

The Exploration of Murray Ridge Continues

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Resumes Full Duty

NASA Orbiter Safe After Unplanned Computer Swap

LAUNCH PAD
Unique camera from NASA's moon missions sold at auction

NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

ASU camera creates stunning mosaic of moon's polar region

China's Jade Rabbit lunar rover rouses from latest slumber

LAUNCH PAD
Planet X myth debunked

WISE Finds Thousands Of New Stars But No Planet X

New Horizons Reaches the Final 4 AU

Thanks America, New Horizons Ahead

LAUNCH PAD
Space Sunflower May Help Snap Pictures of Planets

NRL Researchers Detect Water Around a Hot Jupiter

UK joins the planet hunt with Europe's PLATO mission

X-ray laser FLASH spies deep into giant gas planets

LAUNCH PAD
Europe's IXV atmospheric reentry demonstrator ready for final tests

Airbus Defence and Space to cooperate with Snecma on electric propulsion

Advancing the Technology Readiness Of SLS Adaptive Controls

Space Launch System - Who Needs It

LAUNCH PAD
Tiangong's New Mission

"Space Odyssey": China's aspiration in future space exploration

China to launch first "space shuttle bus" this year

China expects to launch cargo ship into space around 2016

LAUNCH PAD
NASA Seeks Proposals on Asteroid Redirect Mission Concepts Development

ESO VLT Shows Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko Brighter Than Expected

Be an Asteroid Hunter in NASA's First Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series

Hubble Telescope Witnesses Asteroid's Mysterious Disintegration




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.