Ariane 5’s sixth launch this year

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Ariane 5 liftoff on moody VA227

Ariane 5 liftoff on moody VA227

An Ariane 5 has delivered dual telecom satellites, Arabsat-6B and GSAT-15, into their designed orbits.

Liftoff of moody VA227 occurred on 10 Nov during 21:34 GMT (22:34 CET, 18:34 internal time) from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Arabsat-6B, with a mass during liftoff of 5798 kg and mounted in a top position atop Ariane’s Sylda dual-payload conduit inside a fairing, was a initial to be expelled about 27 mins into a mission.

Following a array of browns tranquil by Ariane’s computer, a Sylda structure encasing a 3164 kg GSAT-15 was afterwards jettisoned. GSAT-15 was expelled into a possess send circuit about 16 mins after a initial satellite.

Arabsat-6B, built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space, is owned and operated by Arabsat, an Arab League intergovernmental organization. Positioned during 26°E in geostationary orbit, Arabsat-6B will yield TV broadcasting, broadband and telecommunications services over a Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. It has a pattern life of about 15 years.

GSAT-15, built and owned by a Indian Space Research Organization, will work during 93.5°E in geostationary circuit to yield telecommunications services, as good as dedicated navigation-aid and puncture services for India. It has a pattern life of 12 years.

The cargo mass for this launch was 9811 kg. The satellites totalled about 8963 kg, with cargo adapters and carrying structures creation adult a rest.

Flight VA227 was a 83rd Ariane 5 mission.

Source: ESA