Flight VS16 – First-ever mission to geostationary orbit with Soyuz from the Guiana Space Center to l
For its year-opening launch of 2017, Arianespace will orbit the Hispasat 36W-1 geostationary satellite for the Spanish operator Hispasat using a Soyuz launch vehicle. Designated Flight VS16 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, this mission will be the first-ever mission to geostationary transfer orbit performed by Soyuz from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. Hispasat 36W-1 is the first satellite to be built using Europe’s new “SmallGEO” platform developed by OHB System AG (Germany) under ESA’s ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) program. The launch will be from the Soyuz Launch Complex (ELS) in Sinnamary, French Guiana. The launcher will be carrying a total payload of 3,343 kg.