Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Ariane 5ECA carrying JCSAT-13 & Vinasat-2 successfully launched to earth orbit
On Tuesday, May 15, the European commercial space launch operator Arianespace successfully boosted a direct broadcast and a communications satellite: JCSAT-13 for Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and VINASAT-2 for the operator Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), as part of a turnkey contract with Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS). These were the 300th and 301st satellites launched by Arianespace from Kourou, French Guiana, and the 100th and 101st commercial satellites produced by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems.
In the 20-minute video above, the launch sequence is explained through liftoff and making orbit. More from NASA Spaceflight.com.