An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket carrying a dual payload of Intelsat 17 and HYLAS 1 spacecraft has been cleared to launch on November 26th. The launch is scheduled to launch from Kourou, French Guiana with a launch window between 18:39 and 21:54 GMT (3:39pm and 6:54pm local).
The two spacecraft are communications satellites.
Positioned at 66 degrees East, INTELSAT 17 will deliver a wide range of communication services for Europe, the Middle East, Russia and Asia. Built by Space Systems/Loral of the United States, this powerful satellite will weigh 5,540 kg at launch. It will also enable Intelsat to expand its successful Asian video distrubution neighborhood. INTELSAT 17 will replace INTELSAT 702.
HYLAS 1 was built by an industrial consortium formed by EADS Astrium and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), using a I-2K platform. Fitted with Ka-band and Ku-band transponders, the satellite will be positioned at 33.5 degrees West, and will be the first European satellite to offer high-speed broadband services across all of Europe. HYLAS 1 will weigh 2,570 kg at launch, and has a design life exceeding 15 years.
The launch will be broadcast live at http://www.videocorner.tv/index.htm
The Arianespace press release follows: