A new satellite capable of being reconfigured whilst in orbit has been successfully launched by Arianespace.
The Mission Extension Vehicle designed to extend the life of the Intelsat 10-02 satellite has been successfully launched on the Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana.
Unfavourable wind conditions have lead to the postponement of the first Ariane launch since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ariane 5 has been given the all clear to launch on August 14 with a triple satellite payload.
The Covid-19 pandemic has led Arianespace to suspend its satellite launches at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.
Payload integration is underway for Arianespace’s third Ariane 5 mission of 2019, which will orbit Intelsat 39, for global operator Intelsat; and EDRS-C, based on a public-private partnership between Airbus and the European Space Agency (ESA).
Arianespace’s 10th mission of 2018 orbited satellite payloads today for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).
Eutelsat has become the first commercial customer to opt for the new Ariane 6 launch vechicle as part of a multiple launch agreement signed with Arianespace.
Arianespace is preparing for what it is describing as an “intense” 2018 with new missions for its Ariane and Vega C launchers.
SES has selected Arianespace to launch its high-power, high-throughput satellite SES-17 on an Ariane 5 in 2021 from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.