For its 11th launch of the year, and the seventh with an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana during 2016, Arianespace will orbit two satellites: Star One D1 for the private operator Embratel Star One, and JCSAT-15 for Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation.
For the second time this year, Arianespace will orbit two Space Systems Loral-built satellites (SSL) on the same Ariane 5 launcher. The launch will be from Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) in Kourou, French Guiana.
The Launch Readiness Review (LRR) will take place on Monday, December 19, 2016 in Kourou, to authorize the start of operations for the final countdown. Following the launch of Star One C4 in July 2015, Star One D1 will be the 11th satellite orbited by Arianespace for the private operator Embratel Star One. Embratel Star One is the largest satellite operator in Latin America.
Star One D1 is the initial fourth-generation satellite to be deployed by this operator. It will handle different missions, including broadcasting, broadband, Internet access and other digital applications. Star One D1 will be positioned at 84 degrees West. It will cover Brazil, Latin America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Star One D1 was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral) using an SSL 1300 platform, in Palo Alto, California. It will be the 60th SSL satellite launched by Arianespace.
Following the launch of JCSAT-13 in May 2012, JCSAT-15 will be the 18th Sky Perfect JSAT satellite assigned to Arianespace for launch. SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation is a leader in the converging fields of broadcasting and communications. It is Asia’s largest satellite operator with a fleet of 17 satellites. SKY Perfect JSAT is a provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services.
JCSAT-15 will offer a range of communications services for Japan, including broadcasting, data transfer, and maritime and aeronautical applications for the Oceania and Indian Ocean region. Located at 110 degrees East longitude, it will replace the N-SAT-110 satellite launched in 2000 by Arianespace. JCSAT-15 was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral) using an SSL 1300 platform, in Palo Alto, California. It will be the 61st SSL satellite to be launched by Arianespace.