Az­erspace 2 launches into or­bit

Azer News - - Front Page - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Euro­pean heavy-lift launch ve­hi­cle Ari­ane 5 suc­cess­fully lifted off from the space­port of the Guiana Space Cen­ter in French Guiana on Septem­ber 25 evening.

Thus, Azer­bai­jani telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite Az­erspace 2/In­tel­sat 38 was launched into or­bit, to­gether with Hori­zons 3e, satel­lite of the joint ven­ture of In­tel­sat and the Ja­panese op­er­a­tor Sky Per­fect JSAT Cor­po­ra­tion.

The launch, which be­came the 100th mis­sion for Ari­ane 5, was car­ried out at 19:38 lo­cal time. Its live broadcast was made by the Ari­anes­pace satel­lite launch com­pany.

Work on the Ari­ane rocket fam­ily was ini­ti­ated by France in the 1970s. The cur­rent fifth gen­er­a­tion of this car­rier be­longs to the heavy class. The launches of heavy-lift ve­hi­cles have been car­ried out from the space­port of the Guiana Space Cen­ter since 1996. Of the 100 Ari­ane 5 starts, 96 were suc­cess­ful.

The sec­ond telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite of Azer­bai­jan will be placed in a geo­sta­tion­ary or­bit 45 de­grees east lon­gi­tude and its life­time in or­bit will be 15 years.

Az­erspace-2/In­tel­sat 38 is de­signed to pro­vide a num­ber of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices and it will serve two op­er­a­tors – Az­er­cos­mos and In­tel­sat. For Az­er­cos­mos the satel­lite will pro­vide DTH (Directto-Home) broad­cast­ing ser­vices in Europe, Cen­tral and South Asia, the Mid­dle East and Africa, and for In­tel­sat it will en­sure ser­vice con­ti­nu­ity from the or­bital po­si­tion of 45 de­grees, and the de­liv­ery of DTH ser­vices in Cen­tral and Eastern Europe, the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, as well as the pro­vi­sion of com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices in Africa.

Az­erspace-1, the na­tion’s first satel­lite, was launched into or­bit on Fe­bru­ary 8, 2013. At present, its ser­vice area in­cludes coun­tries of Europe, the Cau­ca­sus, Cen­tral Asia, the Mid­dle East and Africa. The Azer­bai­jani satel­lite pro­vides a va­ri­ety of ser­vices, such as dig­i­tal tele­vi­sion, data trans­mis­sion, VSAT multi-ser­vice net­works, and gov­ern­men­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The to­tal cost of the Az­erspace-1 project was $230 mil­lion.

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