Author Topic: Ariane 5 VA243 - Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 and GSAT-11 - 2018  (Read 10583 times)

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Arianespace presser:

Arianespace Selected to Launch Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38
Satellite at 45 Degrees East

Baku/Luxembourg/Paris, December 2, 2015 – Azercosmos and Intelsat (NYSE: I), the world’s
leading provider of satellite services, have chosen Arianespace to launch the Azerspace-
2/Intelsat 38 telecommunication satellite. The satellite will be launched by an Ariane 5 launch
vehicle from the Guiana Space Center, located in Kourou, French Guiana.

“Arianespace is honored to continue its longstanding partnership with Intelsat and be selected
again by Azercosmos for the launch of its second satellite, following the success of
Azerspace/Africasat-1A on 7 February 2013. This contract will give us the opportunity to
implement a tailor made launch solution that complies with both Azercosmos and Intelsat
requirements, hence demonstrating our capability to address the needs of both regional and
global satellite operators worldwide,” said Stéphane Israël, Chairman & CEO of Arianespace.
Expected to launch in 2017, Azerspace-2 will be Azercosmos’ second telecommunications
satellite, and will expand on the current capacity of Azerspace-1. It will support growing demand
for Direct-to-Home (DTH), government, and network services in Europe, Central and South
Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

For Intelsat, the satellite will provide continuity of service for the Intelsat 12 satellite currently
stationed at 45 degrees East, an orbital location which hosts DTH platforms for Central and
Eastern Europe as well as the Asia-Pacific region. Intelsat 38 will also provide connectivity for
corporate networks and government applications in Africa.

“This new satellite will provide Azercosmos with additional capacity for the increasing demand in
the region, and will allow us to continue to bring the best service to our customers,” stated
Rashad Nabiyev, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Azercosmos. “We are pleased to
collaborate with two world leaders in the satellite industry.”

“In today’s competitive environment, fast and reliable access to space is an absolute
imperative,” said Thierry Guillemin, EVP and Chief Technology Officer of Intelsat. “Arianespace
has a long and proven track record of executing against its launch manifest and we look forward
to partnering with them once again to ensure the reliable delivery of the Azercosmos 2/Intelsat
38 satellite into orbit in 2017.”
Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 will be designed and built by Space Systems/Loral. The satellite design
is based on the highly reliable 1300 satellite platform that provides the flexibility for a broad
range of applications and technology advances.

About Azercosmos
Azercosmos is the premier satellite operator in the Caucasus. Azerspace-1, the telecommunication
satellite operated by Azercosmos, provides highly-reliable broadband and broadcast solutions to its
customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. The satellite, to operate in
orbit for at least 15 years, was launched in February 2013 and is equipped with 36 transponders: 24 in Cband and 12 in Ku-band at 46° East longitude. In December 2014, Azercosmos took over the rights to
operate and commercialize Azersky, high resolution (1.5m imagery products) optical Earth observation
satellite, and entered into the commercial business of Earth observation services, including GeoInformation services. Strategic development plans of the company include enhancing the coverage area
and spectrum of services by launching the second telecommunications satellite Azerspace-2 at 45° East
longitude in 2017 and a very high resolution optical Earth observation satellite in upcoming years. For
more information, visit: www.azercosmos.az.

About Intelsat
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is the world’s leading provider of satellite services, delivering high performance
connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government
and military applications. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry,
setting the standard for transmissions of video and broadband services. From the globalization of content
and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and mobile broadband access, with
Intelsat, envision your future network, connect using our leading satellite technology and transform your
opportunities. Envision…Connect…Transform…with Intelsat. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.

About Arianespace
Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company. Founded in 1980, Arianespace deploys a
family of three launchers, Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, to meet the needs of both commercial and
government customers, and has performed over 270 launches to date. Backed by its 20 shareholders
and the European Space Agency, Arianespace is the only company in the world capable of launching all
types of payloads into all orbits, from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. As of December 2,
2015, Arianespace had carried out 227 Ariane launches, 38 Soyuz launches (12 at the Guiana Space
Center and 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, via Starsem) and five Vega launches. Arianespace is
headquartered in Evry, near Paris, and has a facility at the Guiana Space Center, plus local offices in
Washington D.C., Tokyo and Singapore. For more information, visit http://www.arianespace.com.
Forward-Looking Statements
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Systems/Loral (SSL) with respect to future events and financial performance. When used in this news release, the
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expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements as a result of known and unknown risks and uncertainties.
Known risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: risks associated with operating satellites and providing
satellite services, including satellite construction or launch delays, launch failures, in-orbit failures or impaired
satellite performance; risks associated with satellite manufacturing, including competition, cyclicality of SSL’s enduser markets, contractual risks, creditworthiness of customers, performance of suppliers and management of SSL’s
factory and personnel; risk associated with financial factors such as volatility in exchange rates, increases in interest
rates, restrictions on access to capital, and swings in global financial markets; risks associated with domestic and
foreign government regulation, including export controls and economic sanctions; and other risks, including
litigation. The foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. The information contained in this news release
reflects SSL’s beliefs, assumptions, intentions, plans and expectations as of the date of this news release. Except as
required by law, SSL disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise the information herein.
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Re: Ariane 5 VAXX - Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 - 2017
« Reply #1 on: 12/09/2017 04:42 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/sslmda/photos/a.152369448120958.28385.130889396935630/1811850688839484/?type=3&theater

The Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellite has completed center of gravity testing at the SSL manufacturing facility in Palo Alto, Calif.

Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Ariane 5 VAXX - Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 - 2017
« Reply #2 on: 12/10/2017 05:09 AM »
Launch in first quarter 2018.

http://abc.az/en/news/3118

"Azerbaijan schedules to launch its second telecommunication satellite Azerspace-2 for early 2018."
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Re: Ariane 5 VAXX - Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 - 2017
« Reply #3 on: 01/15/2018 09:50 PM »
https://www.azernews.az/business/125331.html
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“Azerspace-2 satellite is planned to be launched into orbit in April 2018,” Rashad Nabiyev, the head of Azercosmos OJSC, said on January 10.

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Re: Ariane 5 VAXX - Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 - 2017
« Reply #4 on: 01/15/2018 09:55 PM »
http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/National/2018-01-11/ISRO-eyes-100th-satellite-tomorrow/351338
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GSAT-11, a six-tonne class communication satellite, he said, was at the final leg of testing, and the launch target was April.

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GSAT-11 could be last Indian satellite to be launched by a foreign rocket

The new ISRO chief hints that GSAT-11 could be the last Indian satellite to be launched by a foreign launcher (of which Ariane rockets have been the primary service provider), as there is a parallel push towards upgrading the GTO payload capability of the domestic GSLV MkIII launcher from 4 to 6 tonnes as well as switching to electric propulsion to keep satellite masses low enough to be lofted by existing GSLV MkII and MkIII rockets.

Incidently, this launch could possibly mark the first instance an Indian GSAT rides as the primary passenger on an Ariane-5, as the previous satellites in the series weighed less than 4 tonnes.

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If things pan out as intended, the 5.7-tonne GSAT-11 will be most probably the last heavy Indian satellite to be launched by a foreign space agency, according to K. Sivan, Chairman of theIndian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

"We are working on a dual concept: Increasing the carrying capacity of our heaviest rocket -- the 640-tonne Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk III (GSLV Mk III) to six tonnes -- while producing high throughput and lower weight communication satellites," said Sivan.
« Last Edit: 01/21/2018 08:43 AM by vineethgk »

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Any idea as to when Gsat-11 will be shipped to Kourou ?

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Any idea as to when Gsat-11 will be shipped to Kourou ?

Very soon

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https://www.isac.gov.in/flagoff-gsat-11.jsp

It’s on its way! Hip hip hurray !!!

Hope this satellite, once launched,  will be the game changer as everyone says...

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India’s GSAT-11 satellite arrives for its Arianespace Ariane 5 launch in May

The protective container with GSAT-11 is unloaded at French Guiana’s Félix Eboué Airport.

The first satellite for Arianespace’s Flight VA243, a dual-payload Ariane 5 mission scheduled for the second half of May, has touched down in French Guiana.

Arriving Wednesday aboard a cargo jetliner that landed at Félix Eboué Airport near the French Guiana capital city of Cayenne, the Indian-built GSAT-11 spacecraft was then transferred by road to the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility.

GSAT-11 was designed, assembled and integrated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and will have an estimated liftoff mass of 5,870 kg. This advanced communications satellite is to provide multi-spot beam coverage over the Indian mainland and nearby islands, bringing significant advantages to the user community when compared with India’s existing INSAT/GSAT satellite systems.

With its new system architecture and cutting-edge technology elements, GSAT-11 will generate a capacity of more than 12 Gbps for users from a single platform.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/gsat-11-arrival/

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Cross-post:
Reports of the issue have started appearing in papers.

48 hours after launch, Isro silent on GSAT
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A source said the second orbit-raising exercise around 10am went off well, with the liquid apogee motor (LAM) firing as planned, but a few minutes later there were some "hitches in communication". Soon, top Isro scientists went into a huddle.
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Scientists either remained incommunicado or claimed ignorance of the health of the satellite. Isro chairman K Sivan chaired a marathon meeting on Saturday.

Probably too early for an answer; but might an issue with GSAT-6A delay the launch of GSAT-11 while any commonalities are investigated?
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Reports of the issue have started appearing in papers.

48 hours after launch, Isro silent on GSAT
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A source said the second orbit-raising exercise around 10am went off well, with the liquid apogee motor (LAM) firing as planned, but a few minutes later there were some "hitches in communication". Soon, top Isro scientists went into a huddle.
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Scientists either remained incommunicado or claimed ignorance of the health of the satellite. Isro chairman K Sivan chaired a marathon meeting on Saturday.

Probably too early for an answer; but might an issue with GSAT-6A delay the launch of GSAT-11 while any commonalities are investigated?
Good point. But considering this is a deal that has been signed with a foreign service provider coupled with the fact that satellite is already at Kourou, I'm not sure they can change their plans now. Any delay introduced by ISRO for GSAT-11 will affect the secondary customer and would complicate plans of Arianespace. The deal with Arianespace should certainly have clauses that involve heavy financial compensations for a delay or pullout so close to the launch date. Just my guess.

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So it's May 25th as mentioned by the Arianespace CEO
https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/985503245908013056

But...


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So it's May 25th as mentioned by the Arianespace CEO
https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/985503245908013056

But...

Oh you pester (pun intented)  ;)

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highly cryptic message: there are Indian people traveling to India...

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/987009909677019137


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According to informations on our French forum, GSAT is back to India and Azerspace will not come to Guyana.
The whole mission is cancelled.

http://www.forum-conquete-spatiale.fr/t19506-ariane-5-eca-va243-gsat-11-azerspace-2-intelsat-38-mai-2018
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Re: Ariane 5 VA243 - Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 and GSAT-11 - 2018
« Reply #16 on: 04/20/2018 09:13 PM »
You must be joking! Well if Azerisat can’t be launched for whatever reason, so be it. Gsat-11 is in Kourou. Let it be the sole passenger on this flight. GSAT-11 needs to be launched come what may. It’s part of an important program to improve communication links especially in the rural area.

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Re: Ariane 5 VA243 - Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 and GSAT-11 - 2018
« Reply #17 on: 04/21/2018 03:11 AM »
You must be joking! Well if Azerisat can’t be launched for whatever reason, so be it. Gsat-11 is in Kourou. Let it be the sole passenger on this flight. GSAT-11 needs to be launched come what may. It’s part of an important program to improve communication links especially in the rural area.

If GSAT-11 was found damaged or otherwise faulty, it will not be launched, but returned to the manufacturer. This has happened before, e.g. Superbird-8.

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Re: Ariane 5 VA243 - Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 and GSAT-11 - 2018
« Reply #18 on: 04/21/2018 06:34 AM »
Maybe ISRO have found a common problem with the power supply in GSAT 6A and 11. That might explain the satellite returning to India, if that is indeed true.
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Re: Ariane 5 VA243 - Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 and GSAT-11 - 2018
« Reply #19 on: 04/22/2018 04:09 PM »
Any official confirmation folks ? Is the GSAT 11 mission cancelled ?

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