Flight VA226 success: with Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 in orbit, Arianespace serves Australia and Argentina
Arianespace successfully launched two satellites this evening: Sky Muster for the Australian operator nbn (National Broadband Network) and ARSAT-2 for the Argentine operator ARSAT.
Today’s launch was the ninth of the year in nine months, a record for the Arianespace launcher family, and the fifth of the year and 68th successful launch in a row for the Ariane 5 heavy launcher. It lifted off at 5:30 p.m. local time from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana.
Arianespace is proud of its role in providing sustained support for these two new regional operators, based in two great southern hemisphere nations, whose primary goal is to deliver the benefits of space to all of their citizens.
Arianespace and nbn team up to reduce the digital divide in Australia
Arianespace is especially proud of being chosen to launch the Australian operator nbn’s first satellite.
Sky Muster will help reduce the digital divide on this nation-continent, by guaranteeing high-speed Internet access to more than 200,000 Australians living in rural and isolated areas of the country. It will cover the entire country, including Norfolk, Christmas, Macquarie and Cocos islands.
Sky Muster is the 52nd geostationary platform built by SSL (and predecessors) to be orbited by Arianespace, which has 13 more satellites from this manufacturer in its launch manifest.
Arianespace and ARSAT: a fruitful partnership to consolidate and develop Argentina’s satellite communications infrastructure
ARSAT-2 is the second satellite for the state-owned telecommunications company, ARSAT, and will enable Argentina to further develop and consolidate its own space telecom system. ARSAT-2 will cover the Americas, providing direct-to-home (DTH) TV transmissions, Internet access via VSAT antennas, data transmission and IP telephony services.
ARSAT-2 is the second geostationary satellite to be built and operated by Argentina. The company INVAP was in charge of its design and integration, as well as the production of certain components.
Using space to improve life on Earth
With the launch of these two strategic satellites for two great nations from the southern hemisphere, Australia and Argentina, Arianespace confirms its goal of providing its customers with the best possible transport solutions to help space-based systems improve life on Earth.
Shortly after the announcement that the two satellites had been injected into orbit, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said: “We are especially proud of our mission success this evening for two regional operators in the southern hemisphere, nbn and ARSAT, and we have already established real partnerships with both customers. With 400 satellites launched since its beginning, the Ariane family can celebrate a real ‘Triple A’ achievement this evening for Australia, Argentina and Arianespace. Thanks go to our clients for their confidence, and bravo to SSL and INVAP for their contributions to this success.
“This evening also marks the ninth launch in nine months for our family of launchers, in line with our goal of carrying out 12 launches in 2015. I would like to thank all our partners who have contributed to this 68th consecutive successful launch of Ariane 5: ESA, responsible for the Ariane program; all European companies who contribute to Ariane under the direction of industrial prime contractor Airbus Safran Launchers; CNES-CSG and companies at the launch base; and of course the men and women of Arianespace, who continue to demonstrate their commitment and professionalism.”
Built by SSL of Palo Alto, California, using a 1300 platform, Sky Muster weighed 6,440 kg. at launch.
It is fitted with 202 Ka-band transponders and will be positioned at 140° East, with a design life exceeding 15 years.
Built by INVAP, Arsat-2 weighed 2,977 kg. at launch.
It is fitted with 26 Ku-band and 10 C-band transponders. It will be positioned at 81° West, and offers a design life of 15 years.
The Sky Muster/Arsat-2 mission at a glance
68th successful launch in a row for Ariane 5
82nd Ariane 5 launch
517th and 518th satellites launched by Arianespace.
The launch was carried out from launch complex No. 3 (ELA 3) at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at:
5:30 pm, local time in Kourou
10:30 pm, in Paris
5:30 pm, in Buenos Aires, and on Thursday, October 1, at
6:30 am, in Sydney.
On the 226th Ariane mission, the launcher carried a total payload of 10,203 kg, including 9,417 kg for the two satellites, injected into their targeted orbits.