january, 2018

25jan22:20Ariane 5 (VA241) • SES 14 & Al Yah 3

Event Details

Launch Date: January 25, 2018
Launch Window: 22:20-23:05 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5 ECA
Launch Operator: Arianespace
Launch Site: ELA-3, Guiana Space Center, French Guiana
Payloads: SES 14 (4,423 kg)
Al Yah 3 (3,795 kg)
Spacecraft Manufacturer: Airbus / Orbital ATK
Satellite Operators: SES / Al Yah Satellite Communications


Embarking on its first mission of the year, Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket will be tasked with carrying a pair of commercial communications satellites into Geostationary Transfer Orbit. SES-14 is an all-electric satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space, hosting a hybrid C- and Ku-Band payload and a high-throughput Ku/Ka-Band payload to deliver television, VSAT and mobile backhaul services. As a hosted payload, SES 14 carries NASA’s Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) instrument designed to study the interactions of Earth’s thermosphere with the solar wind. Al Yah 3, built by Orbital ATK, hosts a powerful Ka-Band payload delivering 58 spot beams to deliver broadband services to Africa and Brazil.


Mission Resources:

Mission Updates

? Live Launch Coverage

? Launch Vehicle Overview: Ariane 5 ECA

? Payload Overview: SES 14 & NASA GOLD

? Payload Overview: Al Yah 3

Countdown Timeline

Flight Profile

Launch Weather

? Launch Site Schedule


(Thursday) 22:20 UTC


ELA-3 Guiana Space Center

Centre Spatial Guyanais, Kourou 97387, Französisch-Guyana