2007-08-19 - Ariane 5 launchAriane 5 ECA delivers two comsats
Zwei Satelliten von Ariane 5 gestartet<br /> Arianespace's Ariane 5 scored its 19th consecutive mission success on 14 August, carrying the dual-satellite payload of SPACEWAY 3 and BSAT-3a into accurate geostationary transfer orbit.
Lifting off from the ELA-3 launch zone at Europe's Spaceport, the heavyweight Ariane 5 ECA deployed SPACEWAY 3 first, releasing this 6,075 kg. spacecraft at approximately 27 minutes into the flight. It was followed about seven minutes later by the 1,980-kg. BSAT-3a.
The mission was another on-time Ariane 5 departure, with the vehicle's main Vulcain engine igniting at the 8:44 p.m. opening of tonight's 37-minute launch window in French Guiana. SPACEWAY 3 was lofted by Arianespace for U.S.-based Hughes Network Systems, LLC, while BSAT-3a was booked by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems as part a turnkey contract with Japan's Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT). SPACEWAY 3 is one of the largest telecommunications satellites ever built, and its innovative design includes onboard dynamic multi-beam switching, which will deliver bandwidth-on-demand and direct site-to-site mesh networking.