Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket will launch Flight VA253 Galaxy 30 & BSAT-4b telecommunications satellites and MEV-2 satellite servicing vehicle. It will lift off from Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA-3) in Kourou, French Guiana. Arianespace’s fifth launch of 2020 will place its satellite passengers into geostationary transfer orbit. The launcher will be carrying a total payload of approximately 10,468 kg.
The Galaxy 30/MEV-2 is a Northrop Grumman Corporation program combining two satellites stacked together: Intelsat’s Galaxy 30 and Mission Extension Vehicle-2 for SpaceLogistics LLC, a satellite servicing vehicle which will dock initially with Intelsat 10-02 (IS-10-02). Galaxy 30 (G-30) will be the first replacement satellite in Intelsat’s North American Galaxy fleet refresh. It will provide high-performance broadcast distribution capabilities, including Ultra-High Definition (UHD) and over-the-top (OTT) streaming media, while also supporting broadband, mobility and enterprise network solutions.
MEV-2 is supplied by Northrop Grumman for the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC. Intelsat 10-02 will be the first customer for the MEV-2. Once docked, it will control the satellite’s orbit using its own thrusters. After its mission for IS10-02, MEV-2 will undock and be available for another customer’s vehicle. The first MEV, MEV-1, was launched in October 2019. It docked with Intelsat-901 in February 2020.
The BSAT-4b satellite, designed and built for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) – a leading broadcasting satellite operator in Japan – will be used for Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service above the Japan archipelago. BSAT-4b satellite will serve as a backup system to BSAT-4a launched in September 2017. It will be the 10th Arianespace launch for B-SAT, and the satellite will provide Direct-To-Home (DTH) television to ensure exceptional 4K/8K ultra-high definition (UHD) video distribution across the Japan archipelago – like its BSAT-4a twin. BSAT-4b is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer.
Launch window begins at 5:30pm ET (9:30pm GMT)
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Flight VA253 will be Arianespace’s 5th launch in 2020 and 253rd Ariane mission.
Galaxy 30 will be the 62nd satellite launched by Arianespace for Intelsat and the 29th Northrop Grumman satellite launched by Arianespace.
MEV-2 will be the first satellite servicing vehicle launched by Arianespace and the 30th Northrop Grumman satellite launched by Arianespace.
BSAT-4b will be the 66th Maxar satellite launched by Arianespace and the 68th satellite launched by Arianespace based on a Maxar platform.
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