SES’s high-powered SES-14 satellite, positioned at 47.5 degrees West, is now serving Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, North Atlantic and West Africa.
SES-14 and Al Yah-3 have been successfully placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket, Arianespace said Thursday, despite mission control briefly losing contact with the craft.
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s upcoming mission from French Guiana is now complete following integration of its two satellite passengers:
The Ariane 5 Flight VA241 will deliver the SES-14 and Al Yah 3 satellites to geostationary transfer orbit on January 25.
SES-14 has arrived safely at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for launch by an Ariane 5 vehicle in January 2018.
SES has announced a change of launch vehicles and launch slots for its SES-12 and SES-14 satellites.