MEASAT 3B and Optus 10 successfully launched by Ariane 5 ECA

by | Sep 12, 2014 | commercial launch services, Satellites | 0 comments

The MEASAT 3B direct-broadcasting communications satellite was launched along with the Optus 10 communications satellite into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) by an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle at 2205 on 11 September 2014 from the Kourou launch site in French Guiana.   The VA218 flight had been slightly delayed due to a configuration problem with a down range tracking station located in Kenya.

Measat 3B and Optus 10 were on Ariane 5 ECA launch VA218 as tracked by optical and electronic systems. ESA/CNES/Arianespace - Optique Video du CSG /P. Baudon

Measat 3B and Optus 10 were on Ariane 5 ECA launch VA218 as tracked by optical and electronic systems. ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Optique Video du CSG /P. Baudon

Built by Airbus Defence and Space for Measat, the 5,897kg spacecraft MEASAT-3b has a design life of 15 years and will provide many DTH (Direct-to-Home) broadcasting services from an orbital position of 91.5 degrees East in Geoostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) using its communications payload of 48 Ku-band transponders.The 3,270kg Optus 10 satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral and will be located at 164 degrees East.  The spacecraft will provide DTH, direct , Internet, telephone and data transmission services for Australia, New Zealand and the Antarctic region.  The flight marked the 61st continuously successful launch of the Ariane 5 launch vehicle.


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