2008-06-15 - Ariane 5 launchAriane 5 launches Skynet 5C and Turksat 3A

25. erfolgreicher Arine-Start in Folge<br /> On Thursday evening, June 12, Arianespace boosted two satellites into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO): the Skynet 5C military communications satellite for Astrium and Paradigm on behalf of the British Ministry of Defence (MoD), and the civil communications satellite Turksat 3A for Turkish operator Turksat AS, as part of a turnkey contract with Thales Alenia Space.

The latest successful launch of an Ariane 5, the third in 2008 – and 25th in a row – confirms that Arianespace's launch Service & Solutions continue to set the standard for all civil and military telecom operators. It also reflects the strategic importance of the Ariane launcher, which guarantees independent access to space for European governments. Skynet 5C is the 30th military payload to choose Ariane. Arianespace has already orbited 6 Skynet satellites for the British MoD and NATO including the Astrium built Skynet 5A and 5B launched in 2007 and which are both operational. Turksat 3A is the fifth Turkish satellite to be launched by Arianespace. Arianespace has established relations of mutual trust with Turksat and Thales Alenia Space that reach back many years, and has launched nearly two-thirds of the satellites made by Thales Alenia Space. Turksat 3A will be the 53rd platform built by Thales Alenia Space to be launched by Arianespace.

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