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Arianespace preps 11th launch of 2016

December 14, 2016

By Chris Forrester

Final arrangements are being made for Arianespace’s 11th launch of this year, and the 7th with a giant Ariane-5 rocket. The launch is scheduled for December 21st when a rocket will orbit two satellites. Star One D1 for the private operator Embratel Star One, and JCSAT-15 for Sky Perfect JSAT Corp.

Both satellites have been built by Space Systems/Loral. A Launch Readiness Review (LRR) will take place on December 19th in Kourou, to authorise the start of operations for the final countdown.

Following the launch of Star One C4 in July 2015, Star One D1 will be the 11th satellite orbited by Arianespace for the private operator Embratel Star One.  Star One D1 will be positioned at 84 degrees West. It will cover Brazil, Latin America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Following the launch of JCSAT-13 in May 2012, JCSAT-15 will be the 18th Sky Perfect JSAT satellite assigned to Arianespace for launch.

SKY Perfect JSAT is Asia’s largest satellite operator with a fleet of 17 satellites. SKY Perfect JSAT is a provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services. JCSAT-15 will offer a range of communications services for Japan, including broadcasting, data transfer, and maritime and aeronautical applications for the Oceania and Indian Ocean region.

Located at 110 degrees East longitude, it will replace the N-SAT-110 satellite launched in 2000 by Arianespace.

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