The Ariane 5 rocket successfully placed two satellites

The Ariane 5 rocket successfully placed two satellites

The Ariane 5 rocket successfully placed two telecommunications satellites in orbit during the night from Wednesday to Thursday, thus Europe returning to space after a few months of interruption caused by the cessation of launches of Russian Soyuz missiles, informs AFP.

Specifically, Atiane 5 took off at 18:50 local time (21:50 GMT) from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana, after a 45-minute interruption of the countdown for technical checks, an AFP journalist found.

The launcher carried the Malaysian operator Measat-3d satellite Measat-3d, and GSAT-24, operated by the commercial subsidiary of the Indian Space Agency (ISRO), Arianespace and Arianegroup said in a joint statement.

Thus, the two satellites, with a total payload of 9.8 tons, are dedicated to telecommunications services and satellite TV broadcasting. Measat 3-d will also be able to provide high-speed Internet connection services and will be used by the South Korean space agency to improve air traffic management in the country.

Just over 28 minutes after launch, the launcher released Measat-3d at almost 1,200 kilometers altitude. 12 minutes later, the GSAT-24 satellite was released as the launcher flew over the Indian Ocean at an altitude of 3,800 kilometers.

The war in Ukraine led to the cancellation of the launch of the Soyuz missiles scheduled for 2022

In the context of operation, from these “geostationary transfer” orbits, the two satellites will take their position almost 36,000 kilometers from Earth from where they will begin their missions, writes Agerpres. The estimated lifespan for Measat-3d is over 18 years and 15 years for GSAT-24.

For the Guyana Space Center (CSG), this launch is the second of its kind this year, the first since the last takeoff of the Russian Soyuz rocket from Kourou, on February 10th. And the Russian invasion of Ukraine disrupted any European cooperation with Russia and deprived Kourou of three more Soyuz launches originally planned for 2022.

Therefore, the European Space Agency (ESA), responsible for the European launcher programs, must continue to ensure the launch of two Ariane 5 missiles and two Vega missiles – smaller than Ariane – by the end of the year. These include the inaugural launch of Vega-C, a more powerful version of the Vega rocket, scheduled for July 7. The first launch of the Ariane 6 rocket, which will follow Ariane 5, has been postponed to 2023.