Ariane Flight VA243

with Horizons 3e & Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellites


Launch date
September 25, 2018
Horizons 3e, Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38
Launch vehicle
Ariane 5 ECA
Intelsat, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, Azercosmos
Prime contractor(s)
Boeing, SSL
Geostationary transfer orbit (GTO)
Launch site
Spaceport, French Guiana (Guiana Space Center)


For its sixth launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit two telecommunications satellites using an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG): Horizons 3e for Intelsat and its partner SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation; along with Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38, for Azercosmos and Intelsat.

With this 300th mission of its three-member launcher family – and the 100th utilizing the European-developed heavy-lift Ariane 5 – Arianespace once again serves the ambitions of leading satellite operators, both globally and regionally.

Between 21:53 and 22:38 (Sep. 25)
Universal Time (UTC)
Between 6:53 p.m. and 7:38 p.m. (Sep. 25)
Kourou, French Guiana
Between 11:53 p.m. and 12:38 a.m. (Sep. 25/26)
Paris, France
Between 1:53 a.m and 2:38 a.m. (Sep. 26)
Baku, Azerbaijan


Horizons 3e

To be installed as Ariane 5’s upper passenger on Flight VA243, Horizons 3e is owned by a joint venture between Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT, marking the fourth collaboration between the two companies.

Horizons 3e completes the Intelsat EpicNG network’s global coverage, bringing the next level of high-throughput services to the Asia-Pacific region and expanding coverage in the Pacific Ocean. The all-digital Horizons 3e payload represents a continued evolution of the award-winning Intelsat EpicNG platform. It features full beam interconnectivity in C- and Ku-bands and also includes a multiport amplifier that optimizes power across the satellite, enabling a power adjustment of each spot beam to better meet a customer’s throughput demands. This feature brings additional efficiency and flexibility to address regional and application requirements for broadband, mobility and government customers operating in the Asia-Pacific and Pacific Ocean.

The 6,441-kg. satellite will provide 30 gigabits per second of bandwidth for fixed and mobile customers, and it is to be stationed at the 169° East orbital location to replace Intelsat 805.

Horizons 3e will be the 60th Intelsat satellite, as well as the 20th for SKY Perfect JSAT, to be launched by Arianespace – and as such, it embodies more than 35 years of shared success in the unique partnership between Intelsat, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and Arianespace.

Chicago-headquartered Boeing is the prime contractor of Horizon 3e. It is the 56th satellite from this manufacturer to be launched by Arianespace.

Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38

Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 is a multi-mission satellite to be located at 45° East.

For the second time, Arianespace will support the development of Azercosmos – the premier satellite operator in the South Caucasus region – by launching Azerbaijan’s second geostationary satellite, Azerspace-2. It will be Azercosmos’ second telecommunications satellite and is to expand on the current capacity of Azerspace-1. Azerspace-2 will also increase the coverage area and spectrum of services provided by Azercosmos. The satellite’s planned orbital position is only one degree away from the current Azerspace-1 orbital location at 46° East, which creates favorable opportunities for existing and new customers to start expanding their current satellite solutions.

The satellite will offer enhanced capacity, coverage and service offerings to support growing demand in the region for Direct-to-Home (DTH), government and network services in Europe, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

It is ideally designed for smaller antennas and has cross-connectivity between East Africa, West Africa and Central Africa, Europe and Central Asia.

Intelsat 38 will provide Ku-band capabilities and deliver continuity of service for the Intelsat 12 satellite located at 45° East. The satellite will host leading Direct-to-Home television platforms for the fast-growing Central and Eastern Europe and Asia-Pacific regions.

It will support the growth objectives of customers operating in these regions. Intelsat 38 will also provide critical broadband connectivity for corporate network and government services in Africa.

Built by California-based SSL, a Maxar Technologies Company, Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 offers 35 active transponders in Ku-band. Its designed lifetime is more than 15 years.

It will be the 65th satellite based on an SSL platform to be launched by Arianespace.

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