Next Arianespace launch scheduled for 22 June with Ariane 5
(26 Apr 2022) The first Ariane 5 of the year will orbit two geostationary telecommunication satellites, Measat-3d and GSAT-24. Mission VA257 will help improve the broadband coverage in the Asia-Pacific region.
This Ariane 5 launch from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport, is scheduled for 22 June, during a launch window from 2103 to 2243 UTC.
The satellites will be launched for two major actors and long-standing Arianespace customers: Malaysian satellite operator Measat and NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS).
Measat-3d, to be co-located with Measat-3a and Measat-3b at the 91.5°E orbital slot, is a multi-mission telecommunications satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space. This new satellite will significantly enhance broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps per user in areas with limited or no terrestrial network throughout Malaysia while continuing to provide redundancy and additional capacity for video distribution in HD, 4K, and ultimately 8K in the Asia-Pacific region.
GSAT-24, a Ku-band 4-ton class communications satellite built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) that will provide high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services over India. GSAT-24 satellite is the first Demand Driven communication satellite mission undertaken by NSIL.
Reference: Arianespace PR