……..and 61st successful launch in a row!
Arianespace’s Ariane 5 launcher logged another heavy-lift mission achievement, orbiting commercial telecommunications payloads today for leading Asia-Pacific operators MEASAT and Optus on Flight VA218.
Lifting off from the Spaceport’s in French Guiana, Ariane 5 successfully deployed MEASAT-3b and Optus 10 into geostationary transfer orbit – marking its 61st consecutive successful mission. Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël noted that a total of 100 communications satellites have been delivered to geostationary transfer orbits by Ariane 5 during this unbroken string of successes.
Airbus Defence and Space is prime contractor for both the MEASAT-3b satellite and the Ariane 5 launcher.
Watch the launch video here.