Arianespace At The Service Of Intelsat
WASHINGTON, March 14, 1996 -- On Thursday, March 14, 1996, Arianespace successfully launched the Intelsat 707 satellite for the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization, Intelsat, making its 14th launch in 12 months.
The launch from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, was carried out by an ARIANE 44LP, the version of the European launcher equipped with two liquid and two solid-propellant strap-on boosters. Liftoff took place on Thursday, March 14th, at:
4:11 a.m. local time in Kourou;
or 2:11 a.m. in Washington, D.C. (E.S.T.);
or 7:11 a.m. Universal Time;
or 8:11 a.m. in Paris.
Commenting on this third successful launch of the year, Arianespace Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president. Francis AVANZI said, "With the launch this evening, our thoughts go to our customer, Intelsat, which was anxiously waiting for its 24th satellite to be placed into orbit. Thanks to this launch, they will be able to ensure service continuity for their customers. We are proud to be able to provide a satisfactory response to the confidence and loyalty that this major international organization has placed in us for more than 16 years."
Provisional parameters at third stage injection into transfer orbit were:
- Perigee: 199.7 km for a target of 199.9 km (+ 3 km),
- Apogee: 35,913 km for a target of 35,940 km (+ 150 km),
Inclination: 7.04 degrees for a target of 7.00 degrees (+ 0.05 degrees).
Intelsat 707 is the seventh new-generation satellite built by Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, California for Intelsat. Weighing 4,175 kg (9,185 lb.) at liftoff, it is equipped with 26 C-band transponders and 14 Ku-band transponders. Its capacity has been increased from 22,500 to 112,500 telephone lines, thanks to the use of a digital line- multiplication system. Intelsat 7O7 will be positioned over the Atlantic Ocean to provide transatlantic links.
The next launch, Flight 85, is targeted for April 19, 1996. An ARIANE 42P launch vehicle will be used to place into geostationary transfer orbit A geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) is a Hohmann transfer orbit around the Earth between a low Earth orbit (LEO) and a geostationary orbit (GEO). It is an ellipse where the perigee is a point on a LEO and the apogee has the same distance from the Earth as the GEO. the M-SAT 1 mobile telecommunications satellite for Telesat Mobile Inc. of Canada.
Following Flight 84, Arianespace has 38 satellites on order to be launched.
Arianespace, an industrial and commercial company, is the world leader in the provision of commercial space transportation services. Arianespace also markets and sells Ariane launch services and provides launch operations from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. Arianespace Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arianespace, is responsible for marketing launch services in the United States; a liaison office in Tokyo assures an Arianespace presence in Japan and in the Pacific region.