Ariane Flight VA248

with T-16 and EUTELSAT 7C satellites


Launch date
June 20, 2019
Launch vehicle
Ariane 5 ECA
Launch site
Spaceport, French Guiana (Guiana Space Center)
AT&T, Eutelsat
Prime contractor(s)
Airbus Defence and Space, Maxar Technologies
Geostationary transfer orbit (GTO)


With its fifth launch of 2019, and the second this year using an Ariane 5 vehicle, Arianespace will serve two world-class satellite operators by orbiting T-16 for AT&T (DirecTV) and EUTELSAT 7C for Eutelsat. Both spacecraft will be deployed to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).

In performing this 104th Ariane 5 mission – the 71st with an Ariane 5 ECA version – Arianespace confirms its full capability in the geostationary launch services market segment.

Between 21:43 and 23:30 (Jun. 20)
Universal Time (UTC)
Between 6:43 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Jun. 20)
Kourou, French Guiana
Between 2:43 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Jun. 20)
El Segundo, California, USA
Between 5:43 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Jun. 20)
Washington, D.C., USA
Between 11:43 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. (Jun. 20/21)
Paris, France



T-16 is the 11th satellite to be orbited by Arianespace for AT&T (DirecTV), following SKY Mexico-1 and DIRECTV 15, launched together on an Ariane 5 in May 2015; and SKY Brasil-1, launched in February 2017.

T-16 was manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space and will provide high-power broadcast services in Ku- and Ka-bands. Being flexible, the spacecraft can be operated from five orbital slots (from 99° West to 119° West) and will cover the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. T-16 is designed for a lifetime of 15 years.

Airbus Defence and Space France is prime contractor for T-16, which will be the 130th spacecraft from this constructor to be launched by Arianespace.

There currently are 21 Airbus satellites in Arianespace’s backlog.


EUTELSAT 7C will be Eutelsat’s 33rd satellite to be launched by Arianespace since the first mission at its service, which deployed EUTELSAT-1 F1 in 1983.

Eutelsat Communications is established in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe. Eutelsat provides capacity on nearly 40 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies.

EUTELSAT 7C is a high-power broadcast satellite for markets in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. It is equipped with 49 36-Mhz equivalent Ku-band transponders and will be located at Eutelsat’s 7° East position, one of the operator’s fastest-growing video neighbourhoods, which already broadcasts over 500 TV channels, and serves anchor clients across the region.

By significantly increasing capacity over Sub-Saharan Africa, EUTELSAT 7C will make room for several hundred additional digital channels to support the region’s rapidly-expanding TV market.

More than half of Eutelsat’s satellites have been orbited by Arianespace.

Arianespace has seven other Eutelsat satellites in its order book for future launches.

EUTELSAT 7C was built by Maxar Technologies in Palo Alto, California. Maxar is a leading provider of innovative spacecraft systems with deep experience in building and integrating some of the world’s most powerful and comprehensive spacecraft.

EUTELSAT 7C will be the 66th satellite based on a Maxar’s platform to be launched by Arianespace. It will also be the 56th based on Maxar’s 1300 class platform to be launched by Arianespace.

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