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Ariane 5 November 2, 2015

Next Arianespace launch with Ariane 5 to orbit telecom and DTH satellites for the Middle East, Africa and India

On its 10th launch of the year from the Guiana Space Center, and the sixth Ariane 5 mission, Arianespace will launch satellites for two long-standing customers, whose loyalty stretches back over 30 years: ARABSAT-6B (BADR-7) for the operator ARABSAT, and GSAT-15 for ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation).

Through this mission, the 270th by launchers in the Arianespace family, the European launch service provider is proud to continue delivering adaptable and sustainable solutions to its customers.

The launch will be carried out from Ariane launch complex No. 3 (ELA 3) in Kourou, French Guiana.
Targeted orbit:
Perigee: 250 km
Apogee: 35,786 km
Inclination: 4 degrees.

The Ariane 5 ECA launcher is scheduled to lift off on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 2015 as early as possible within the following launch window:

  • Between 06:34 pm and 07:17 pm, Kourou time,
  • Between 04:34 pm and 05:17 pm, Washington DC time
  • Between 09:34 pm and 10:17 pm, Universal Time (UTC)
  • Between 10:34 pm and 11:17 pm, Paris time
  • Between 00:34 am and 01:17 am, Riyad time, on November 11, 2015
  • Between 03:04 am and 03:47 am, Bangalore time, on November 11, 2015.

The mission, from liftoff to release of the satellites, will last about 43 minutes and 24 seconds.
The launcher will carry a total payload of 9,810 kg, including approximately 8,962 kg for the two satellites.

The Launch Readiness Review (LRR) will take place on Friday, November 6, 2015 in Kourou, to authorize the start of operations for the final countdown.

ARABSAT-6B (BADR-7) will be the ninth satellite orbited by Arianespace for the operator ARABSAT, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is the first of the sixth generation of satellites in the Arabsat fleet, and will provide broadcast, broadband and telecommunications services over Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

ARABSAT-6B (BADR-7) was built jointly by Airbus Defence and Space and TAS (Thales Alenia Space), with the former providing the Eurostar E3000 platform and handling satellite integration, while TAS supplied the payload.

GSAT-15 is the 18th satellite built by the indian Space Agency – ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation).  Overall, it will be the 19th payload launched by Arianespace for ISRO.

GSAT-15, will provide telecommunications services for the entire India sub-continent, along with dedicated navigation-aid and emergency services. 

To watch a live, high-speed transmission of the launch, go to on November 10, 2015 (including local commentary in French or English), starting 17 minutes before liftoff. You can also follow the launch live on your iPhone or iPad (the app is free).

For further information, download the launch press kit here:

About Arianespace

Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company. Founded in 1980, Arianespace deploys a family of three launchers, Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, to meet the needs of both commercial and government customers, and has performed more than 260 launches to date. Backed by its 20 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace is the only company in the world capable of launching all types of payloads into all orbits, from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. As of November 2, 2015, Arianespace had carried out 226 Ariane launches, 38 Soyuz launches (12 at the Guiana Space Center and 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, via Starsem) and five Vega launches. Arianespace is headquartered in Evry, near Paris, and has a facility at the Guiana Space Center, plus local offices in Washington D.C., Tokyo and Singapore.

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