Arianespace’s Ariane 5 launcher logged another heavy-lift mission achievement, orbiting commercial telecommunications payloads today for Measat and Optus on Flight VA218.
The Arianespace heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission with telecommunications satellites for two leading Asia-Pacific operators received the ‘green light’ today for its Thursday liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana.
Ariane 5 is readied for Arianespace’s September launch with Measat-3b (pictured) and Optus 10.
Optus Networks has informed Arianespace that its Optus 10 satellite, one of the two payloads being carried by Arianespace flight VA218, originally scheduled for June 6, requires additional verifications.
The Measat-3b satellite is confirmed for launch on May 28, 2014, on Ariane Flight VA218.
Payload preparations for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission are gearing up following this week’s delivery of Measat-3b – one of two satellite passengers for launch on the heavy-lift flight VA218 – to French Guiana.