Flight VA234: Arianespace’s 11th successful mission of 2016 orbits the Star One D1 and JCSAT-15 sate
Arianespace has successfully launched two satellites: Star One D1 for Embratel Star One, and JCSAT-15 for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. The launch took place on December 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. (local time) from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. This was the 11th and final launch of the year for Arianespace, the seventh with Ariane 5 in 2016, as well as the heavy-lift launcher’s 76th consecutive success and its 90th launch overall. With this launch for Brazil and Japan, Arianespace confirms its position as the benchmark launch service provider in Latin America and Asia.
Star One D1 is the 11th satellite to be orbited by Arianespace for Embratel Star One, the largest satellite operator in Latin America. The previous launch for this operator was Star One C4, orbited in July 2015. Star One D1 is the initial fourth-generation satellite for the Brazilian operator, and is to provide broadband telecommunications, Internet access and other digital applications for Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean. Star One D1 is the largest satellite built to date for Embratel Star One.
JCSAT-15 is the 19th SKY Perfect JSAT satellite assigned to Arianespace to launch, and follows the orbiting of JCSAT-13 in May 2012. With a fleet of 17 satellites, SKY Perfect JSAT is the largest commercial satellite operator in Asia. It provides satellite communications and pay-TV broadcasting services and delivers a broad range of entertainment through the SKY PerfecTV! platform, the largest service of this type in Japan with some 3 million subscribers. JCSAT-15 will offer communications services for Japan, including broadcasting, data transfers, and maritime and aeronautical applications for the Oceania and Indian Ocean regions.