French Guiana

Arianespace sets new date for Intelsat and BSAT craft

Arianespace’s delayed launch of the Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a satellites has been rescheduled for September 29. The lofting of the two satellites had originally been scheduled for September 5 but was cancelled at the last moment after an anomaly was observed with an electrical equipment in one of the Ariane 5 launcher’s two solid-propellants boosters […]

Intelsat and BSAT launches cancelled after last-minute anomaly

The launch of Arianespace’s VA239 flight, carrying Intelsat 37e and Japan’s BSAT-4a, has been cancelled in its final seconds on the launchpad after an anomaly was detected on the launcher. Arianespace said that as the Vulcain cryogenic main stage engine was being ignited, the checkout process detected an anomaly on the launcher, interrupting the final […]

Intelsat to launch 37e satellite next week

Intelsat is due to launch its fifth EpicNG high throughput satellite, Intelsat 37e, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, next week. Intelsat 37e is due to be launched by Arianespace on an Ariane 5 launch vehicle on September 5, 2017 at 5:51 pm eastern daylight time. Intelsat’s C, Ku- and Ka-bands will […]

Hispasat unveils next-generation satellite for 36° West

Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has unveiled its latest geostationary craft, Hispasat 36W-1, which has been developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency and will be launched into orbit this month. The satellite, which will be launched via a Soyuz vehicle from the European Spaceport in French Guiana on January 27, includes 20 Ku-band transponders […]

Intelsat’s new high-throughput satellite arrives in French Guiana

Satellite operator Intelsat’s new high-throughput satellite, Intelsat 33e, has arrived in French Guiana prior to its August 24 launch on an Ariane 5 rocket. The satellite is the second of Intelsat’s new fleet of Epic NG satellites to launch, and the first multi-spot-beam, Ku-band high-throughput satellite to serve Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the […]

Eutelsat lines up March launch for 65 West A satellite

Eutelsat is due to launch its Eutelsat 65 West A satellite on March 9 from Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite arrived in Kourou over the weekend and is due to launch by an Ariane rocket next month. 65 West A is a tri-band satellite designed to target fast-growing markets across Latin America. The satellite will […]

Intelsat launches first next-generation Epic satellite

Intelsat has successfully launched Intelsat 29e, the first of its next generation, Epic-branded, high throughput satellites. Intelsat said that signal with the satellite had been confirmed after it launched into orbit from French Guiana on an Ariane 5 vehicle. Intelsat 29e will provide high throughput capacity in both C- and Ku-band to North and Latin […]

Eutelsat 8 West B arrives in Kourou

Satellite operator Eutelsat’s latest satellite, Eutelsat 8 West B, has arrived at the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana and is in the final stages of preparation ahead of its launch on an Ariane 5 rocket on August 20. The satellite is intended to reinforce the 7-8° West orbital position, which serves markets in the Middle […]

SES picks Arianespace for SES-12 satellite launch

Satellite operator SES has selected Arianespace to launch its new hybrid communications satellite, SES-12, on board an Ariane 5 booster during the fourth quarter of 2017.  The satellite will launch from the European Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, and will expand SES’s direct-to-home (DTH), VSAT, mobility and high throughput satellite (HTS) data connectivity services […]

ABS-2 satellite successfully launched

Asia Broadcast Satellite’s ABS-2 satellite successfully launched into space yesterday from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite, which will expand capacity at ABS’s prime location of 75 degrees East, launched on an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle. ABS-2 was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral and has up to 89 active C, Ku and Ka-band […]