Arianespace - Flight VA228 launch poster.
28 January 2016
Ariane 5 liftoff on VA228
An Ariane 5 last night delivered telecom satellite Intelsat-29e into its planned orbit. Liftoff of Ariane flight VA228 occurred on 27 January at 23:20 GMT (20:20 local time, 00:20 CET on 28 January) from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Intelsat-29e was the sole passenger on this launch. With a mass at liftoff of 6552 kg, it was released about 30 minutes into the mission.
Flight VA228: The successful launch of Intelsat 29e, and Ariane 5’s 70th success in a row
Positioned at 50ºW over Brazil in geostationary orbit, the satellite has a design life of 15 years and is the first of a new generation of telecom satellites that will provide the fastest commercially available connectivity to mobile network operators, aero and maritime mobility service providers and government customers. Coverage is the Americas and over the North Atlantic for shipping and aviation routes.
Intelsat 29e satellite
This is the first of two of Intelsat’s next-generation satellites that will be launched by Ariane 5 this year.
Flight VA228 was the 84th Ariane 5 mission.
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Images, Video, Text, Credits: ESA/Arianespace/Günter Space Page.