Sixth Arianespace mission of 2016: a dual launch for Intelsat
For its sixth launch of the year, and the fourth by Ariane 5 in 2016, Arianespace will orbit the Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 satellites for operator Intelsat. Following the successful launch of Intelsat 29e on January 27, this is Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 mission dedicated to Intelsat, a leading partner for more than 30 years.
Including this mission, Arianespace will have orbited a total of 58 Intelsat’s satellites.
The launch will be from Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) in Kourou, French Guiana.
The Launch Readiness Review (LRR) will take place on Monday, August 22, 2016 in Kourou, to authorize the start of operations for the final countdown.
Intelsat 33e is the second satellite in Intelsat’s next-generation high-throughput Intelsat Epic NG series.
It will meet broadband demand for carrier-grade telecom services, enterprise networks, aeronautical connectivity and certain media services.
Ku-band spot beams provide broadband services for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, while a Ku-band wide beam provides broadcast coverage of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
C-band spot beams cover high traffic telecom centers in Europe, Central Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia; and a C-band wide beam provides coverage over sub-Saharan Africa for data and media services.
Intelsat 33e will be located at 60° East.
Intelsat 33e was built by Boeing using a 702MP platform. It will be the 52nd satellite built by Boeing (or its predecessors) to be launched by Arianespace.
Intelsat 36 is designed to enhance Intelsat’s media neighborhoods serving the South African and Indian Ocean region.
The Ku-band payload was built to support MultiChoice, the leading direct-to-home platform in South Africa. The C-band payload provides in-orbit resilience for the company’s leading video content distribution neighborhood at 68.5° East. Intelsat 36 will be collocated with Intelsat 20.
Intelsat 36 was built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) on a 1300 platform in Palo Alto, California. It will be the 56th satellite using an SSL platform (and 50th with the 1300 configuration) to be launched by Arianespace.
To watch a live, high-speed online transmission of the launch (including commentary from the launch site in French and English), go to arianespace.com on June 8, 2016, starting 15 minutes before liftoff.
You can also follow the launch live on your iPhone or iPad (the Arianespace HD app is free).
To use space for a better life on earth, Arianespace guarantees access to space transportation services and solutions for any type of satellite, commercial as well as institutional, into any orbit.
Since 1980, Arianespace has performed missions placing more than 500 satellites into orbit with its three launchers: Ariane, Soyuz and Vega. Arianespace is headquartered in Evry, France near Paris, and has a facility at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, plus local offices in Washington, D.C., Tokyo and Singapore.