Ariane 5 – 29 October 2009

Ariane Launch

Ariane V Launch. Credit: European Space Agency – Arianespace

The sixth Ariane 5 flight of 2009 carried the first satellite launched by Arianespace for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting AS – THOR 6, along with the 32nd spacecraft from the SES group of companies. The previous Ariane 5 mission was October 1 with the Amazonas 2 and COMSATBw-1 satellites.

The THOR 6 is a 3,050 kg satellite fitted with 36 Ku band transponders for direct-to-home television services from Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to Central and Eastern Europe as well providing additional capacity in the Nordic region.

The NSS-12 spacecraft was produced by Space Systems/Loral and weighs 5,620 kg. It carries 40 C-band and 48 Ku-band transponders. This satellite will also provide direct-to-home television services from SES WORLD SKIES. The audience is in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.

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