An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket launched from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on Wednesday at 5:50 p.m. EDT. Forty-seven minutes passed at the 100-minute launch window when the France-based Arianespace finished performinglp0 some additional checks on the rocket.

The Ariane 5 is the exact type of rocket that launched NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope on December 25th, 2021. It carried two payloads on Wednesday’s mission, both communications satellites.

Both satellites were deployed into geostationary transfer orbit 40 minutes after launch, just as scheduled, Arianespace representatives announced.
One of the spacecraft, MEASAT-3d, will be regulated by the Malaysian telecom company MEASAT.

“This new satellite will significantly enhance broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps [megabits per second] in areas with limited or no terrestrial network throughout Malaysia while continuing to provide redundancy and additional capacity for video distribution in HD, 4K, and ultimately 8K in the Asia-Pacific region,” Arianespace representatives wrote in a mission description(opens in new tab).

The other satellite launched on Wednesday, GSAT-24, will be regulated by NewSpace India Limited.

“This satellite will provide high-quality television, telecommunications, and broadcasting services and meet the DTH [direct to home] needs of Indian customers,” Arianespace representatives wrote.

MEATSAT-3d was assembled by Airbus Defence and Space, and GSAT-24 was created by the Indian Space Research Organisation. The satellites have mission design lifetimes of at least 18 years and 15 years, respectively. The two payloads had a collective mass of 23,949 pounds (10,863 kilograms), as per Arianespace.

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