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Vega | SEOSAT-Ingenio & Taranis

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Nov. 17, 2020, 1:52 a.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission: Earth Science

SEOSAT-Ingenio is a high-resolution optical imaging mission of Spain - the flagship mission of the Spanish space strategic plan. Its mission is devoted to ensure an even coverage of the areas of national interest, providing a large operational capability in the capture of high-resolution multi-spectral land optical images for numerous user groups, as well as supporting and optimizing the development in Spain of teledetection-based applications in Spain. The overall mission objective is to provide information for applications in cartography, land use, urban management, water management, environmental monitoring, risk management and security. TARANIS (Tool for the Analysis of RAdiation from lightNIngand Sprites), the Celtic god of thunder and lightning, is the first satellite designed to observe luminous, radiative and electromagnetic phenomena occurring at altitudes of 20 to 100 km over thunderstorms. Discovered 20 years ago, such transient luminous events (TLEs) such as red sprites, blue jets, elves, sprite halos, etc. remain shrouded in mystery. They are sometimes accompanied by terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs). The TARANIS microsatellite will fly over thousands of TLEs and TGFs for at least four years and will be capable of detecting these events and recording their luminous and radiative signatures at high resolution, as well as the electromagnetic perturbations they set off in Earth’s upper atmosphere. The payload includes numerous sensors to observe the TLEs and to perform in-situ measurements of perturbations caused on the local plasma (fields, waves and particles).

Sun-Synchronous Orbit #SEOSATIngenio
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Vega | SSMS PoC

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Sept. 3, 2020, 1:51 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

The Vega POC (Proof Of Concept) flight will be the first mission of the SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service), a modular carbon fiber dispenser, a program initiated by ESA in 2016, with the contribution of the European Commission. For all the European partners involved, its purpose is to address the burgeoning institutional and commercial small spacecraft market with a new rideshare concept. Payload includes dozens of satellites: Athena, ION CubeSat Carrier, ESAIL, NEMO-HD, GHGSat C1, six Flock-v cubesats, several Lemur-2 cubesats, twelve SpaceBEE nanosats, FSSCat A & B, RTAF-Sat, DIDO 3, IGOSat, PICASSO, PINO, PIXL, QARMAN, SIMBA, TRISAT, Casaa-Sat, TTU-100, and more.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit #VV16
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Ariane 5 ECA+ | Galaxy 30, MEV-2 & BSAT-4B

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Aug. 15, 2020, 10:04 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

Galaxy-30 is a geostationary communications satellite for Intelsat. Satellite is built by Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS) and is planned to provide video distribution and broadcast services to customers in North America. Galaxy 30 satellite is launched in tandem with MEV-2 vehicle. MEV-2, which stands for Mission Extension Vehicle-2, is the second servicing mission by NGIS. MEV-2 will rendezvous and dock with the Intelsat 1002 satellite in early 2021. Then, MEV-2 will use its own thrusters and fuel supply to control the satellite’s orbit, thereby extending its useful lifetime. Another passenger of the flight is the BSAT-4b satellite for the Japanese operator BSAT. BSAT-4b will serve as a back-up for BSAT-4a satellite, launched in 2017. BSAT-4b will provide Direct-to-Home television services and is expected to operate for at least 15 years.


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Ariane 5 ECA+ | JCSAT-17 & GEO-KOMPSAT-2B

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Feb. 18, 2020, 10:18 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

JCSAT-17 is a Japanese communication satellite of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. Its payloads incorporate S-band, C-band and Ku-band transponders, which will provide satellite communication services. The S-band and C-band transponders will serve NTT DOCOMO, Inc., the largest telecommunications company in Japan, for its flexible mobile communications services in Japan and the surrounding region under IRU contract (Indefeasible Right of Use). SKY Perfect JSAT will support NTT DOCOMO’s satellite communication services. JCSAT-17 also includes a flexible processor that will allow SJC to redirect capacity to concentrate on disaster relief efforts or other high-volume events. The GEO-KOMPSAT-2 program is a national program of the Korean government to develop and operate two civilian geostationary satellites sharing the same satellite bus: GEO-KOMPSAT-2A for meteorological and space weather monitoring missions; and GEO-KOMPSAT-2B for Earth environment monitoring and ocean monitoring missions. The GEO-KOMPSAT 2 program also ensures the succession for the COMS program (Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite). The satellite carries two main payloads: GOCI II (Geostationary Ocean Color Imager II), provided by Airbus Defence and Space; and the GEMS (Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer), provided by Ball Aerospace & Technologies.


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Ariane 5 ECA | Eutelsat Konnect & GSAT-30

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Jan. 16, 2020, 9:05 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

Eutelsat Konnect is an all-electric, Ka-band geostationary communications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for Eutelsat. It will provide broadband services to users in Africa and Europe. The baseline mission of the satellite is to provide 75 Gbps of capacity across a network of 65 spotbeams that together provide quasi-complete coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa. The satellite will address direct-to-user consumer and enterprise broadband services using dishes from approximately 75 cm. It will also be used for community networks connected to Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile phone backhauling and rural connectivity. Eutelsat Konnect is the first to use Thales Alenia Space’s all-electric Spacebus NEO platform, developed under the Neosat Partnership Project conducted by the European and French space agencies (ESA and CNES). More robust, more modular, more powerful, more innovative, more flexible, this platform is perfectly adapted to operators' expectations in the evolving telecommunication market, and particlularly well positioned for very demanding VHTS missions. Eutelsat Konnect will allow the in-orbit validation of the complete end-to-end system of the new Spacebus Neo product line, including the fully-electric orbit-raising phase GSAT-30 is a telecommunications satellite designed and manufactured by ISRO. To be positioned at a longitude of 83° East, it will provide high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services over Indian mainland and Islands. GSAT-30 is configured on ISRO’s enhanced I-3K platform to provide communications services from geostationary orbit in C-and Ku-band for a lifetime greater than 15 years. By operating GSAT-30, ISRO will once again foster the use of space to help bridge the digital divide in the Indian subcontinent as part of its ambitious space program. These objectives are to develop India by focusing on all types of space applications, including navigation, Earth observation, telecommunications and broadcasts of educational programs, while pursuing science research and planetary exploration.


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Ariane 5 ECA | TIBA-1 & Inmarsat-5 F5 (Global Xpress-5)

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Nov. 26, 2019, 9:23 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

TIBA-1 is a geostationary communications satellite for the Government of Egypt developed jointly by Thales Alenia Space (TAS) and Airbus. TAS, the leading partner, designed and built the communications payload, featuring a dual mission in Ka-band for secure and broadband communications. Airbus Defence and Space supplied the Eurostar E3000 platform and assembled and tested the spacecraft. Designed to remain in service in orbit for more than 15 years, TIBA-1 will have a launch mass of 5600 kg and an electric power capability of higher than 9 kW. Inmarsat-5 F5 (Global Xpress-5 or GX-5) is Inmarsat's very high throughput satellite (V-HTS), which will offer services covering the Middle East, Europe and the Indian sub-continent. The payload will be fully integrated into Inmarsat’s current Global Express high-speed network. Inmarsat-5 F5 satellite is based on Thales Alenia Space’s upgraded Spacebus 4000 B2 platform and will be fitted with 72 Ka-band beams. With a specified design life of 16 years, it will weigh 4007 kg at launch and will offer payload power of about 6.8 kW.

#VA250
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Ariane 5 ECA+ | Intelsat 39 & EDRS-C/HYLAS 3

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Aug. 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

EDRS-C is one of the two EDRS (European Data Relay System) satellites. EDRS is the European constellation of two geostationary data relay satellites that will relay information and data between satellites, spacecraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and ground stations. Broadband communications payload called HYLAS 3 is placed on EDRS-C satellite, and is to complement HYLAS 1 and HYLAS 2 satellites already in orbit.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Vega | Falcon Eye 1

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
July 11, 2019, 1:53 a.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Falcon Eye 1 is a high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with an optical imaging payload from Thales Alenia Space, Falcon Eye 1 is the first of two surveillance satellites ordered by the UAE’s military.

Polar Orbit #VV15
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Ariane 5 ECA | Eutelsat 7C & AT&T T-16

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
June 20, 2019, 9:43 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

Eutelsat 7C is based on an all-electric propulsion version of the SSL-1300 satellite platform. Equipped with 44 operational Ku-band transponders, the new satellite will be copositioned with Eutelsat 7B, releasing Eutelsat 7A to another orbital location. This improved two-satellite constellation will enable Eutelsat to optimise resources across both satellites, with enhanced coverage flexibility and connectivity set to take the 7° East neighbourhood to a new level. By almost doubling capacity over Sub-Saharan Africa, from 22 to 42 transponders, it will also make room for several hundred additional digital channels to support the region’s fast expanding TV market. Eutelsat 7C will also be equipped with a beam providing enhanced capacity for government services over Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, and a beam that can be steered to cover any region visible from 7° East. AT&T T-16 is based on Astrium’s Eurostar-3000 platform. The satellite has a payload comprising of high power transponders in Ku-band and transponders in Ka-band. It will operate from 100.85° West.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit #VA248
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Soyuz STB/Fregat | O3b FM17-20

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
April 4, 2019, 5:03 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

The O3b Satellite Constellation is designed for telecommunications and data backhaul from remote locations.

Medium Earth Orbit #VS22
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