This milestone occurred with the relay satellite’s installation atop a cone-shaped adapter that will serve as its interface when mated to the launch vehicle. The activity took place in the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility, and is to be followed by EUTELSAT 65 West A’s transfer to the Ariane 5 Final Assembly Building for integration with the launcher.
Liftoff of Ariane 5 with the 6,615-kg. EUTELSAT 65 West A telecommunications platform is set for March 9 on Arianespace Flight VA229 – the 229th mission with an Ariane family launch vehicle.
To be deployed into geostationary transfer orbit by Ariane 5, the SSL-built (Space Systems Loral) satellite will subsequently operate from an orbital slot of 65 deg. West to serve expanding markets in Brazil and across Latin America. EUTELSAT 65 West A combines broad coverage in C- and Ku-bands for video distribution, cellular backhaul and direct-to-home broadcasting with a high-throughput payload for broadband access in the Ka-band.
Flight VA229 will carry the 31st satellite launched by Arianespace for the Paris, France-based Eutelsat, which supplies satellite capacity and services for video, data and broadband applications.
Integration is complete for Arianespace’s Ariane 5 flight with the EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite
Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 for launch in 2016 is “standing tall” in French Guiana after the installation of this mission’s EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite passenger atop the heavy-lift vehicle at the Spaceport.
During activity in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, EUTELSAT 65 West A was mated to Ariane 5 and encapsulated inside the launcher’s ogive-shaped payload fairing, enabling final integration checkout to begin today. It clears the way for a launch readiness review on Friday, March 4, to be followed by the launch vehicle’s rollout on Monday March 7, leading to an early morning liftoff from the ELA-3 launch zone on March 9.
Ariane 5 will deploy the 6,615-kg. EUTELSAT 65 West A into geostationary transfer orbit during a mission lasting 27 minutes. This spacecraft was built by SSL and is to operate from a geostationary orbital slot of 65 deg. West, providing relay capacity for the Paris-based Eutelsat to expanding markets in Brazil and across Latin America.
Arianespace’s upcoming mission is one of 12 liftoffs planned in 2016 by the launch services provider, using its complete launcher family composed of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.
ARIANESPACE LAUNCHES EUTELSAT 65 WEST A TO SERVE LATIN AMERICA
Arianespace has successfully launched the EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite for Eutelsat Communications. The company’s second launch of the year took place on March 9 at 2:20 am (local time) from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana. Thierry Mandon, French Minister for Higher Education and Research, was in Kourou for the launch.
This was the 71st successful launch in a row for the Ariane 5 heavy launcher. The com-pany’s second mission of the year keeps Arianespace on schedule to meet its objective of up to 12 launches in 2016, including eight Ariane 5 missions.
ARIANESPACE AND EUTELSAT, LONG-STANDING PARTNERS
Arianespace has worked side-by-side with Eutelsat since 1983, when it launched the Eutelsat-1 F1 satellite. Eutelsat is one of the world’s leading operators of telecommunications satellites. With a fleet of 40 satellites, Eutelsat sells transmission capacity to a large portfolio of customers, including broadcasters, broadcasting associations, TV channels, video, data and Internet service providers, businesses and government entities.
Including EUTELSAT 65 West A, Arianespace has now launched more than half of Eutelsat’s satellites. Three more Eutelsat satellites will be launched by Arianespace, making this operator one of its biggest commercial customers.
A LAUNCH TO SUPPORT TELECOM SERVICES IN THE AMERICAS
EUTELSAT 65 West A is a tri-band satellite that will cover Latin America and Brazil.
The satellite’s Ku-band coverage will spur the growth of direct-to-home (DTH) TV broadcasts for households equipped with dish antennas to receive digital and HD (high-definition) channels. It will also boost the connectivity of businesses located in Central America, the Caribbean, the Andes region and Brazil. Its C-band transatlantic coverage is designed to provide contribution links and video distribution services. The satellite’s Ka-band multibeam payload will help the operator develop Internet access services throughout Latin America, especially in Brazil.
In 2016, one-third of the geostationary satellites launched by Arianespace will be tasked with providing services for the Americas, a region where the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio represent a significant growth factor.
ARIANESPACE’S 2016 OBJECTIVE IS RAISED TO 12 LAUNCHES
In carrying out the year’s second Ariane 5 by early March, Arianespace is well placed to meet its objective of up to eight Ariane 5 launches in 2016. Arianespace has already performed two single launches this year (orbiting Intelsat 29e, and now EUTELSAT 65 West A), and has scheduled five dual launches plus an Ariane 5 ES launch for the Galileo satellite navigation system that will carry four satellites.
Arianespace will round out the year with two missions by the Soyuz medium launcher and two by the Vega light launcher, making a total of 12 launches. The European Commission decided to accelerate the deployment of the Galileo constellation by adding a Soyuz launch this spring, given the confirmed availability of satellites built by OHB.
Shortly after the announcement of the orbital injection of EUTELSAT 65 West A, Arianespace Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Israël said: “Arianespace has just launched its 525th satellite this evening. We are both pleased and proud of having performed this launch for Eutelsat, the European operator who has been our partner since we both started operations in the early 1980s, with French Higher Education and Research Minister Thierry Mandon seeing the launch in person. I would like to thank Eutelsat for its ongoing confidence, and especially Michel de Rosen as he leaves his position in the company’s operational management, which now is entrusted to Rodolphe Belmer.
I am also delighted to see Ariane 5 continue its extraordinary career with its 71st successful launch in a row. I would like to thank the teams in charge of Ariane 5 production under the leadership of industrial prime, Airbus Safran Launchers. I would also like to thank ESA, as Ariane program authority, our partner CNES-CSG and the personnel at the launch base, who provide continued support for our ongoing success, and of course all Arianespace staff, who are fully committed to setting another new operational record in 2016.”