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Excitement in French Guiana: two of the four #O3b satellites for #Arianespace’s next #Soyuz mission arrived today at Cayenne’s Félix Eboué Airport. Next, they will be transferred to the Spaceport for check-out and integration on Flight #VS18. @SES_Networks @Thales_Alenia_S

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Re: Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-MT (VS18) - O3b FM13-16 - Mar 1, 2018
« Reply #1 on: 01/17/2018 08:41 AM »
http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/arianespace-mission-preparations/

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Initial O3b satellites arrive for a medium-lift Soyuz launch

As key progress is made for Ariane 5’s year-opening mission, French Guiana also welcomed two of the four passengers for Arianespace’s first Soyuz mission in 2018 – Flight VS18 – scheduled for a March liftoff from the Spaceport. These spacecraft, which will further expand the SES-owned O3b satellite constellation, were airlifted yesterday to Félix Eboué Airport near Cayenne and eventually will be joined by an identical pair, to be delivered later in January.

SES’ O3b network offers a system that combines the reach of satellite with the speed of fiber – providing customers with affordable, low-latency, high-bandwidth connectivity. The constellation is fully-scalable to meet market demand and operates from a medium-orbit altitude of 8,062 km. All O3b spacecraft have been designed, integrated and tested by Thales Alenia Space.

The first 12 O3b satellites were successfully orbited by three Soyuz vehicles operating from the Guiana Space Center in 2013 and 2014. Each satellite weighs about 700 kg. at launch and provides more than 10 Gbps of capacity.

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Re: Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-MT (VS18) - O3b FM13-16 - Mar 1, 2018
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Preparations for the next #Soyuz launch #VS18 are progressing in #CSG, #O3b satellites FM14 & FM15 are being processed in S1B

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/953970538019545088

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