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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

1 comment:

Barrie said...

iirc it was also the 48th consecutive success for Ariane 5. Imagine the fuss later in the year for the 50th - if all goes well :-)