Launch contract for Jupiter 2/EchoStar 19 put on Atlas V due to clogged Arianespace schedule

by | Aug 27, 2015 | Launches, Satellites | 0 comments

Its rush to get more capacity into orbit has forced EchoStar Corp to move its Jupiter 2/EchoStar 19 Ka-band commercial communications spacecraft  from its planned Ariane 5 ECA launch to one on a Atlas V 431 which will be commercially operated by Lockheed Martin.  A new launch order contract was signed between EchoStar and Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch services in August for launch which will occur in late 2016.  The reason why the Jupiter 2/EchoStar 19 spacecraft jumped ship was due to its very large mass.  The second half of the Ariane 5 ECA’s launch schedule was already fully booked for very large satellites.  Arianespace has to carefully pair large and small satellites for each launch so that the maximum Ariane 5 ECA payload is not breached.   EchoStar will retain the Ariane launch contract as part of a previous multi-launch buy for use at a later date.

While a surprise to the launch industry and insurance market, there are few concerns that the move to an Atlas V flight might be more risky.  Atlas V vies with Ariane 5 ECA for the title of most reliable commercial launch vehicle.  Launching on Lockheed Martin’s Atlas V also had the secondary benefit that the spacecraft would be the sole user and as such the flight plan would be optimised for the Jupiter 2/EchoStar 19 spacecraft, possibly extending its mission life as it would need less fuel for final orbital positioning.

Lockheed Martin would like to offer more commercial launch services. While its launch vehicle is known to be at the more expensive end of the spectrum, its reliability is attractive to satellite operators.  However, there are often problems getting a launch slot themselves with most Atlas V launches committed to the joint Boeing/Lockheed Martin United Launch Alliance ULA launch operation supporting US military and government satellites.

 

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

SSLV failure cause: Violent second stage separation triggered chain of events which prevented SSLV final stage burn to stable orbit

The failure investigation set up by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) into the launch failure of the maiden flight Read more

Starlink Group 5-3 is launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9

At 0758 GMT on 2 February 2023  a Falcon 9v1.2FT Block 5 successfully launched 53 Starlink Gen2 satellites (Group 5-3) Read more

South Korea confirms shift of two missions from Russian launchers; Kompsat 6 goes to Arianespace and CAS500-2 goes back to international market

The South Korean vice-minister for Science, Oh Tae-seog, announced on 1 February 2023 that they had selected an Arianespace Vega Read more

SpaceX launches another batch of Starlinks plus ION-SCV9 delivery spacecraft testing separation system

A Falcon 9v1.2FT Block 5 was launched from the Vandenberg Space Force base in California at 1615 GMT on 31 Read more

SpaceX Falcon 9 launches Starlink Group 5-2

On 26 January 2023, at 0932 GMT, a Falcon 9v1.2FT Block 5 successfully launched 56 Starlink Gen2 satellites from Space Read more

Japan completes its first launch of the year of the radar reconnaissance satellite IGS RADAR-7

Kicking off its launch year, Japan has placed a radar reconnaissance satellite into near-500 km sun-synchronous low Earth orbit (LEO). Read more

New orders: Isar Aerospace, SpaceX, Raytheon, Advance Space, Clyde Space and Xplore

European launch service company Isar Aerospace and US-based Spaceflight, which offers rides to orbit for satellites, have announced a multi-launch Read more

Rocket Lab’s Electron KS rocket performs another successful launch – this time from the US East Coast

After another day's delay due to bad weather, a Rocket Lab Electron KS rocket successfully launched three 30 kg Hawk Read more

Categories

Archives