Arianespace to launch OHO-1
OverHorizon has chosen Arianespace to launch its first communications satellite, OHO-1, the fourth contract signed by Arianespace in 2010 with the world's leading satellite operators.
OHO-1 will be launched into geostationary transfer orbit in mid-2012, using an Ariane 5 launcher from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The satellite will be built jointly by Orbital Sciences Corporation and Thales Alenia Space, using the Star 2.3 platform. OHO-1 will weigh about 3,200 kg at launch, and will incorporate a Ku-band regenerative payload for two-way broadband communications with small terminals. These terminals can be installed on moving vehicles, including cars, trucks, boats, aircraft, etc. The satellite's design life exceeds 15 years.