Arianespace successfully launched two satellites: Arabsat-6B (BADR-7) for Arabsat and GSAT-15 for Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

Kourou, French Guiana, 12-11-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Arianespace successfully launched two satellites this evening: Arabsat-6B (BADR-7) for the operator Arabsat, and GSAT-15 for ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation). The company’s tenth launch of the year from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), and sixth with the Ariane 5 heavy launcher, took place on November 10 at 6:34 pm local time in Kourou, French Guiana.

Through this mission, the 69th successful launch in a row by Ariane 5, Arianespace is proud to deliver reliable, sustainable solutions to Arabsat and ISRO, two loyal customers for over 30 years.

Arianespace, a long-standing partner of Arabsat, the Arab world’s leading regional satellite operator

Arabsat is the leading regional satellite telecommunications operator in the Middle East and Africa. Arabsat-6B (BADR 7) is the ninth satellite orbited by Arianespace for this operator since the launch of Arabsat-1A in 1985. This satellite is the first of the sixth generation of satellites in the Arabsat fleet. It will provide telecommunications and direct- to-home (DTH) TV broadcast services for the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. In 2012 Arabsat also confirmed its goal of bolstering its position in the Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) zone by acquiring the company Hellasat.

Arianespace will be launching another Arabsat satellite, Hellasat-4.

ISRO and Arianespace: a strategic partnership

GSAT-15 is the 19th satellite to be launched by Arianespace for ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation). It will provide telecommunications services for the country, along with dedicated navigation-aid and emergency services. Arianespace has launched 91% of ISRO’s geostationary satellites that used non-Indian launch systems, dating back to the launch of the country’s experimental satellite APPLE on Flight L03 in 1981.

The favored relationship between Arianespace and ISRO reflects the exemplary collaboration in the space sector between France and India, a partnership that will help ISRO realize its aim of using space to foster the development of the Indian sub-continent through a full range of satellite applications, for Earth observation, telecommunications, science and navigation.

Six more successful Ariane 5 launches in 2015

This evening’s launch from the French Guiana Space Center, was the last of the year for Arianespace’s heavy launcher. Ariane 5 carried out six launches in 2015, all successful, orbiting 12 telecommunications satellites for 12 different operators, both government and private, from around the world. More than ever, today’s most reliable and available commercial launch vehicle enabled Arianespace to meet all commitments to all customers.

Shortly after the announcement that the two satellites had been injected into orbit, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said: “Arianespace is very proud this evening to have carried out another successful mission for our two faithful customers, who implement a wide range of practical applications based on satellite telecommunications. One of these customers, Arabsat, the inter-governmental organization leader of satellite operators in the Arab world; and ISRO, the Indian space agency that promotes a particularly ambitious space program. I would like to thank Arabsat and ISRO for their renewed trust. Launch after launch for more than 30 years, this expression of confidence honors us and also encourages us to keep meeting and exceeding their expectations.”

“I also would like to thank all our partners involved in this 10th successful launch of the year, which is in line with our ambitious schedule for 2015: ESA, responsible for the Ariane program; the Airbus Safran Launchers joint venture, and the entire European space industry, for the outstanding reliability and availability of Ariane 5 ECA – which this evening logged its 69th consecutive successful launch; CNES-CSG and all of the industrial companies who work at the launch base for their mobilization at our side; and, of course, the men and women of Arianespace for their professionalism and their customer commitment.”

Arabsat-6B (BADR-7)

Arabsat-6B (BADR-7) was built jointly by Airbus Defence and Space, which provided the Eurostar E3000 platform and handled integration, and Thales Alenia Space, which supplied the payload. The satellite weighed 5,798 kg at liftoff.

It is fitted with 27 Ku-band transponders and offers multiple Ka-band spotbeams. It will be positioned at 26° East, and has a design life exceeding 15 years.


Built by ISRO, GSAT-15 weighed 3,164 kg at liftoff. It is fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders, plus two GAGAN transmitters for augmented navigation accuracy.

It will be positioned at 93.5° East, and offers a design life of 12 years.


TheArabsat-6B/GSAT-15 mission at a glance

  • 69th successful launch in a row for Ariane 5, and sixth Ariane 5 ECA launch in 2015
  • 10th launch of the year of an Arianespace family launcher, in 10 months
  • 83rd Ariane 5 launch
  • 519th and 520th satellites launched by Arianespace
  • 270th mission by a launcher from the Arianespace family

The launch was carried out from launch complex No. 3 (ELA 3) at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at:

  • 6:34 pm local time in Kourou
  • 21:34 UTC
  • 10:34 pm in Paris, and on Wednesday, November 11, at
  • 12:34 am in Riyadh
  • 3:34 am in Bangalore.

On the 227th Ariane mission, the launcher carried a total payload of 9,810 kg, including 8,962 kg for the two satellites, injected into their targeted orbits.

About Arianespace
Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company. Founded in 1980, Arianespace deploys a family of three launchers, Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, to meet the needs of both commercial and government customers, and has performed more than 260 launches to date. Backed by its 20 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace is the only company in the world capable of launching all types of payloads into all orbits, from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. As of November 10, 2015, Arianespace had carried out 227 Ariane launches, 38 Soyuz launches (12 at the Guiana Space Center and 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, via Starsem) and five Vega launches. Arianespace is headquartered in Evry, near Paris, and has a facility at the Guiana Space Center, plus local offices in Washington D.C., Tokyo and Singapore.

SOURCE: Arianespace


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