march, 2018

09mar16:37Soyuz VS18 - O3b FM13-16

Event Details

Launch Date: March 9, 2018
Launch Window: 16:37:06 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz ST-B / Fregat-MT
Launch Operator: Arianespace
Launch Site: ELS, Guiana Space Center, French Guiana
Payload: 4 x O3b: FM13, FM14, FM15, FM16
Satellite Type: Internet Distribution
Target Orbit: Medium Earth Orbit


A “Europeanized” Soyuz rocket will launch from the Guiana Space Center with the third set of O3b satellites joining a constellation of telecommunications satellites placed into an 8,063-Kilometer orbit above the equator to deliver low-latency data services to the developing world. O3b stands for “the other three billion” in reference to the world’s population that can not connect to the Internet through conventional means; it is operated by O3b Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of SES S.A. Outfitted with a Fregat upper stage, Soyuz will directly deliver the four 700-Kilogram satellites into their checkout orbit over the equator.


Mission Resources:

‚ě° Mission Updates

? Live Launch Coverage

? Launch Vehicle Overview: Soyuz 2-1B

? Payload Overview: O3b Satellites & Constellation

‚Źį Countdown Timeline

‚ŹĪ Flight Profile

‚ėā Launch Weather

? Launch Site Schedule


(Friday) 16:37 UTC


ELS Guiana Space Center

Centre Spatial Guyanais, Kourou 97387, Französisch-Guyana