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Ariane 5 December 14, 2016

Arianespace’s 11th launch of the year to orbit satellites for Brazil and Japan

For its 11th launch of the year, and the seventh with an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana during 2016, Arianespace will orbit two satellites: Star One D1 for the private operator Embratel Star One, and JCSAT-15 for Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation.

For the second time this year, Arianespace will orbit two Space Systems Loral-built satellites (SSL) on the same Ariane 5 launcher.

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, December 19, 2016 in Kourou, to authorize the start of operations for the final countdown.

Following the launch of Star One C4 in July 2015, Star One D1 will be the 11th satellite orbited by Arianespace for the private operator Embratel Star One.

Embratel Star One is the largest satellite operator in Latin America.

Star One D1 is the initial fourth-generation satellite to be deployed by this operator. It will handle different missions, including broadcasting, broadband, Internet access and other digital applications.

Star One D1 will be positioned at 84 degrees West. It will cover Brazil, Latin America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Star One D1 was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral) using an SSL 1300 platform, in Palo Alto, California. It will be the 60th SSL satellite launched by Arianespace.

Following the launch of JCSAT-13 in May 2012, JCSAT-15 will be the 18th Sky Perfect JSAT satellite assigned to Arianespace for launch.

SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation is a leader in the converging fields of broadcasting and communications. It is Asia’s largest satellite operator with a fleet of 17 satellites. SKY Perfect JSAT is a provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services.

JCSAT-15 will offer a range of communications services for Japan, including broadcasting, data transfer, and maritime and aeronautical applications for the Oceania and Indian Ocean region.

Located at 110 degrees East longitude, it will replace the N-SAT-110 satellite launched in 2000 by Arianespace.

JCSAT-15 was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral) using an SSL 1300 platform, in Palo Alto, California. It will be the 61st SSL satellite to be launched by Arianespace.

For further information, download the Flight VA234 Launch Kit by clicking here: 

To watch a live, high-speed online transmission of the launch (including commentary from the launch site in French and English), go to on December 21, 2016, starting 15 minutes before liftoff.

You also can follow the launch live on your iPhone or iPad (the Arianespace HD app is free).

About Arianespace 

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 540 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.

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