are third launch of the year and darted towards the Earth’s orbit two satellites on board.
src=”http://img2.generation-nt.com/alphasat_00FA000001446142.jpg” alt=”alphasat” Of the two satellites, we note the presence Alphasat of the biggest satellite ever built in Europe with a total weight of 6.6 tons telecommunications. It should come support the satellite network of the British operator Inmarsat, the world’s leading satellite telecommunications.
Alphasat was positioned in geostationary orbit at almost 36,000 km altitude and should cover Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Incidentally, the ESA negotiated the integration of several tools in the satellite, including a laser communication terminal which should be more tests in the coming months.
other satellite carried by Ariane 5 is INSAT-3D, a weather observation unit controlled by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization). Its use should make accurate forecasts of storms, floods and other natural disasters.
positioning orbit Alphasat is a true demonstration of strength for the ESA sign entering the satellite industry of high-end telecommunications and demonstrates the versatility of Ariane 5 is now able to offer its platform alphabus world.
More generally, the program Arianespace has 18 machines deployed in Earth orbit since the beginning of the year, and during six tasks including 3 for Ariane 5, Soyuz 2 and 1 for Vega.
next Ariane 5 launch is already scheduled for August 29. The rocket will place two satellites in orbit Eutelsat 25B/Es’ hail-1 and GSAT-7