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Ariane 5 March 3, 2016

Arianespace’s second launch of the year to orbit a satellite for Eutelsat

Arianespace’s second launch of the year will orbit the EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite for the international operator Eutelsat Communications.

This 274th mission by Arianespace’s family of launch vehicles confirms the company’s ability to reach its objective for the year, now set at 12 launches, with up to eight missions performed by Ariane 5.

The launch will take place from Ariane launch complex No. 3 (ELA 3) in Kourou, French Guiana (South America).


The Ariane 5 ECA launcher is scheduled to lift off on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, as early as possible in the following launch window:

  • 2:20 a.m. to 5:20 a.m., local time in Kourou
  • 12:20 a.m. to 3:20 a.m., in Washington, D.C.
  • 5:20 a.m. to 8:20 a.m., UTC
  • 6:20 a.m. to 9:20 a.m., in Paris


The nominal length of this mission (from liftoff to release of the satellite) is 27 minutes and 23 seconds.


  • Perigee 250 km.
  • Apogee 35,746 km.
  • Inclination 0.5 degrees

The launcher will be carrying a total payload of 6,707 kg.

The Launch Readiness Review (LRR) will take place on Friday, March 4, 2016 in Kourou, to authorize the start of operations for the final countdown.

EUTELSAT 65 West A is the 31st satellite to be launched by Arianespace for Eutelsat Communications.

The satellite’s Ku-band coverage will spur the growth of direct-to-home (DTH) TV broadcasts for households equipped with dish antennas to receive digital and HD (high-definition) channels. It also will boost the connectivity of businesses located in Central America, the Caribbean, the Andes region and Brazil. Its C-band transatlantic coverage is designed to provide contribution links and video distribution services.

Furthermore, the satellite’s Ka-band multi-beam payload will help the operator develop Internet access services throughout Latin America, especially in Brazil.

EUTELSAT 65 West A was built by SSL using a 1300 platform, and is the 53rd SSL-built satellite to be launched by Arianespace. For further information, download the 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 March 9, 2016, starting 15 minutes before liftoff. You can also 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 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.

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