On 18 MarchArianespace announced a launch services contract with commercial satelilte operator Intelsat S.A., for the launch of three satellites through 2017. Weighing more than six tons each at launch, the satellites will be placed into GTO by the Ariane 5 ECA from Europe’s Space Port in French Guiana. The three missions will include the launches of Intelsat’s previously announced, high throughput EpicNG-class satellites. Intelsat EpicNG is designed to address wireless and fixed telecommunications, enterprise, mobility, video and government applications that require broadband infrastructure.
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Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket series had another successful flight (its 54th in a row) when an Ariane 5 ECA successfully launched two communications satellites. Amazonas 3 and Azersat 1 at 2136GMT on 7 February from the Kourou launch site in French Guiana. Built by Orbiral Sciences Corporation and using its Star 2.4c bus design, the 3275kg Azersat 1 is a communications satellite for the Government of Azerbaijan. Amazonas 3 was built by Space Systems Loral for Hispasat and uses a version of the LS-1300 bus design. The 6265kg commercial communications spacecraft will provide telecommunications services to the Americas. Arianespace notes that the flight carried the largest ever payload to date by an Ariane 5 launch vehicle.
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