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Ariane 5 ECA | Eutelsat Konnect & GSAT-30

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Jan. 16, 2020, 9:05 p.m.
Status: Success
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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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M | CSG-1, CHEOPS, & others

Russian Space Forces | RUS
Kourou, French Guiana
Dec. 18, 2019, 8:54 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

The COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation satellite (CSG-1) is an Earth observation spacecraft featuring state-of-the-art technologies and engineering solutions, further bolstering Italian leadership in this sector. It's one out of two satellites to replace the first generation COSMO-SkyMed system. This second-generation system, including its ground segment, will set a new performance standard for space-based radar observation systems in terms of precision, image quality and the flexibility of user services. It is a dual (civil/military) system, designed to address the requirements of both commercial and government customers, as well as the scientific community. The COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation satellites are equipped with synthetic aperture radar (SAR), capable of observations under any weather or light conditions, day or night. The Characterising Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS) is an ESA mission implemented in partnership – in particular with Switzerland. CHEOPS is the first mission dedicated to studying bright, nearby stars that already are known to host exoplanets in order to make high-precision observations of the planet's size as it passes in front of its host star. The spacecraft will focus on planets in the super-Earth to Neptune size range, with its data enabling the bulk density of the planets to be derived – a first characterization step towards understanding these alien worlds. Flight also includes 3 auxiliary payloads: OPS-SAT, EyeSat, ANGELS. OPS-SAT is the world’s first free-for-use, in-orbit test bed for new software, applications and techniques in satellite control. It enables new software to be tested in orbit. In the first year of operation, OPS-SAT will host over 100 in-flight experiments submitted from many ESA Member States. EyeSat is a 3U CubeSat designed to study the zodiacal light and image the Milky Way. It's fitted with an instrument called IRIS, which is a small space telescope. ANGELS is a 12U CubeSat, and is the French industry’s first nanosatellite. The satellite will be fitted with a miniaturized ARGOS Néo instrument, which is 10-times smaller than the equivalent previous-generation device. The instrument collects and determines the position of low-power signals and messages sent by the 20,000 ARGOS beacons now in service worldwide.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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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: Success
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: Success
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: 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: Success
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: Success
Mission: Communications

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

Medium Earth Orbit #VS22
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Vega | PRISMA

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
March 22, 2019, 1:50 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

PRISMA (PRecursore IperSpettrale della Missione Applicativa) is a medium-resolution hyperspectral imaging mission of the Italian Space Agency ASI. The mission can provide a unique contribution to the observations of natural resources and in the study of key environmental processes

Sun-Synchronous Orbit #VV14
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Soyuz STB/Fregat | OneWeb F6

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Feb. 27, 2019, 9:37 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

OneWeb satellite constellation is intended to provide global Interned broadband service for individual consumers. The constellation is planned to have around 900 microsatellites, around 150 kg each, operating in Ku-band from low Earth orbit.

Low Earth Orbit #VS21
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Ariane 5 ECA | Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4 & GSAT-31

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Feb. 5, 2019, 9:01 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

Hellas Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 is a geostationary communications satellite to be used jointly by Hellas Sat and KACST. It will provide advanced telecommunications capabilities, including television, internet, telephone and secure military communications to customers in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Another passenger of the launch is an Indian communications satellite GSAT-31.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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