Advanced Television


Arianespace signs up for RIDE!

RIDE! is something of a clearing house for satellite manufacturers. Arianespace has signed a contract with the startup RIDE! to integrate its launchers into their on-demand digital launch platform. Founded in 2021, RIDE! offers a service that allows satellite manufacturers and operators to easily identify available slots on launchers based on their satellite’s technical characteristics […]

September 18, 2023By Chris Forrester

Arianespace wins Intelsat launch contract

Intelsat has signed a launch contract for their Intelsat IS-45 satellite. The flight will see the Intelsat craft sharing the cargo bay with a co-passenger, as yet unnamed. The launch target is H1 2026. This year marks the fourth decade since Arianespace began its storied relationship with Intelsat. Arianespace launched Intelsat 507 aboard an Ariane 1 […]

September 13, 2023By Chris Forrester

Arianespace’s Vega-C rocket fails test firing

In December 2022 an Italian-made Vega-C rocket failed to launch a pair of satellites for Airbus. The rocket was subsequently grounded while further tests took place. A test firing of the rocket’s engine has just failed. Avio SpA is the rocket’s builder and the engine firing test was supposed last 97 seconds but the engine […]

July 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

Ariane 6 explained; concerns remain

Arianespace has provided a detailed timetable for the introduction of the new Ariane 6 version. The final Ariane 5 rocket will launch on July 4th. Ariane 6 is already extremely late and the original objective was for the rocket to seamlessly take over the launch missions from Ariane 5. While managers have stressed that there […]

June 28, 2023

Orbex, Arianespace link for launches

Arianespace and UK-based launch company Orbex have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore possible joint offerings for small satellite launch customers. In May 2023, Orbex began construction of Sutherland Spaceport (formerly Space Hub Sutherland) on the North coast of Scotland. It is the first vertical launch spaceport to be built on the UK […]

June 14, 2023By Chris Forrester

Final Ariane 5 launch in June

Arianespace will launch its final Ariane 5 rocket on June 16th. The mission aims to launch two satellites: Syracuse 4B, built by Airbus Defence and Space for a French government defence role, and the Heinrich-Hertz-Mission, built by OHB for the German space agency DLR. The flight represents the end of the Ariane 5, a system […]

May 17, 2023By Chris Forrester

Ariane CEO stepping down

ArianeGroup’s CEO and Executive Chairman, Andre-Hubert Roussel, is reportedly stepping down, according to French newspaper La Tribune. Roussel heads up Ariane Group, which is the joint-venture between Airbus Defence & Space and Safran. His departure is because of recent failures by the company and, in particular, the recent third failure out of eight launches for […]

April 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

Arianespace’s Vega rocket loss explained

Arianespace says that a faulty component caused the loss of one of its Italian-made Vega rockets on December 20th 2022. The problem was probably caused by a faulty carbon component – in effect, a nozzle – which Italian aerospace group Avio had purchased from a supplier in Ukraine, Arianespace revealed as it published findings of […]

March 6, 2023

Amazon’s Kuiper gets FCC approval

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally approved Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband-by-satellite low Earth orbiting system. The FCC said it os happy with Amazon’s mitigation plan in the event of potential collisions while in orbit as well as a mechanism to de-orbit failed or dead satellites. The FCC had previously approved the scheme (in 2020) […]

February 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

South Korea orders Arianespace launch

South Korea has selected Arianespace’s Vega C mid-sized rocket to launch its KOMPSAT-6 satellites that has remained grounded due to sanctions imposed on Russia for invading Ukraine. The satellite was due to be launched by a Russian Angara rocket from its Plesetsk Cosmodrome. South Korea’s vice minister for science, Oh Tae-seog, said that the Vega-C […]

February 3, 2023By Chris Forrester