Liftoff of Arianespace’s latest Soyuz mission to orbit O3b satellites
Soyuz has lifted off from the Spaceport in French Guiana, carrying the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th satellites in SES’ O3b constellation – which will be deployed into a circular orbit during a flight sequence lasting 2 hours and 22 minutes.
Payload lift performance for today’s mission – which is designated Flight VS22 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system – is estimated at 3,198 kg.
Operational since 2014, the O3b fleet of medium-Earth orbit (MEO) satellites is part of SES’s bold vision of connecting people and empowering them with opportunities. The first 16 spacecraft for O3b were successfully orbited by Arianespace using four Soyuz vehicles operating from the Guiana Space Center in 2013, 2014 and 2018.
Flight VS22 is Arianespace’s fourth mission of 2019 – and its second this year with a Soyuz launcher from the Spaceport.