Photos: Thales Alenia Satellites prepare to ride Tandem on Ariane 5

A pair of Thales Alenia-built communications satellites go through final processing operations at the Guiana Space Center before taking their spots atop an Ariane 5 rocket in readiness for a high-speed orbital delivery. Riding aboard the VA236 mission are the SGDC 1 dual-use satellite providing Internet and government communications for Brazil and KoreaSat-7 that will deliver a range of telecommunications services to South Korea and the Asia-Pacific Region.

All Photos: Arianespace/ESA/CNES/Optique Video du CSG