Ariane 5 lifts up two communication satellites

15:16, November 27, 2010      

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The fifth Ariane 5 mission of 2010 lifted up two communication satellites Intelsat 17 and HYLAS 1 on Friday in Kourou, French Guiana.

The heavy-load Ariane 5 was launched off in the afternoon seconds after a suitable window opened at 3:39 p.m. local time ( 1839 GMT) from the launch zone located in Guianan rainforest in South America.

With a weight of 5,540 kilograms, the first passenger Intelsat 17 is built by Space Systems/Loral of the United States and will replace Intelsat 702.

Intelsat 17 was separated from the rocket around 27 minutes after the launch was lift off from the pad and will continue its journey to reach the planned orbit of 66 degree East.

It is missioned to provide telecommunications coverage over Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India for International Telecommunication Satellite Organization (Intelsat).

HYLAS 1, weighs 2,570 kilograms, is the first satellite for London-based Avanti Communications, a new European satellite operator, and also the first European satellite to offer high- speed broadband services across Europe.

It is designed and produced by EADS Astrium in partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation.

Sitting neath in the launcher, HYLAS 1 was ejected after around 35 minutes into the flight. It will work at the expected orbital position of 33.5 degree West with a designed life expectancy of 15 years.

Friday launch of Ariane 5 is the 198th mission of an Ariane family vehicle, and the fifth Ariane 5 flight in 2010.

The Arianespace was targeting seven missions for heavy-lift Ariane over 2010, but repeated setbacks for its year-opening launch in April and delay for the second shot in June obviously cost the limited time.

The next flight of Ariane 5 will orbit the Hispasat 1E and KOREASAT 6 satellites on a mission planned before year-end, the Arianespace said in a statement.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王寒露)

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