Arianespace’s third Ariane 5 launch of 2012 has been rescheduled for the evening of July 5, allowing for complementary checks to be performed on one of the heavy-lift mission’s two satellite passengers.
With this new planning, liftoff is scheduled at the start of a 29-minute launch window that opens at 6:36 p.m. local time in French Guiana.
EchoStar XVII is a high-throughput telecommunications platform to be operated by Hughes Network Systems, and it will deliver broadband services to consumers, businesses and government customers across North America. The satellite employs a multi-spot beam, bent-pipe Ka-band architecture that provides significant additional capacity for Hughes.
MSG-3 is a meteorological spacecraft for EUMETSAT (the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites). After the satellite’s deployment by Ariane 5, it will provide highly detailed imagery of Europe, the North Atlantic and Africa for use by meteorologists and national weather forecasters.
Date: Jun 12, 2012