Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ariane 5 Delivers GSAT-11 and Geo-Kompsat-2A Satellites into Orbit

Ariane 5 launch with GSAT-11 and Geo-Kompsat-2A. Credit: Arianespace

An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered the GSAT-11 and Geo-Kompsat-2A satellites into their planned orbits. Liftoff was announced at 20:37 GMT (21:37 CET, 17:37 local time) on December 4 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The mission lasted about 33 minutes.

GSAT-11, with a launch mass of 5854 kg, was moved into position for release after about 29 minutes. The 3507 kg Geo-Kompsat-2A was released 33 minutes after liftoff.

GSAT-11, owned by the Indian Space Research Organisation, will provide communications services over the Indian mainland and nearby islands. The satellite has a design life of more than 15 years.

Geo-Kompsat-2A, owned and operated by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), provides meteorological and space weather monitoring over the Asia-Pacific region. The satellite has a design life of more than 10 years.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to two very special partners since the beginning of their space ambitions: ISRO and KARI,” said Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël in post-launch comments from the Spaceport.

The performance requested for this launch was about 10 298 kg. The satellites totaled about 9361 kg, with payload adapters and support structures making up the rest.

Flight VA246 was the 102nd Ariane 5 mission.

Arianespace has one more mission scheduled before year-end, using the Soyuz medium-lift member of its launcher family to orbit the CSO-1 spacecraft for France’s DGA (Direction générale de l’armement) defense procurement agency and the French CNES space agency.

Credit: ESAarianespace.com

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