August 19, 2008

Ariane-5 Lauches Two Communication Satellites in French Guiana

Ariane-5 lauches two communication satellites in French Guiana

PARIS, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Ariane-5 rocket took off at 2044 GMT on Thursday from the launching center of Kourou in French Guiana, placing into orbit two telecommunications satellites, a statement released by European leading aerospace company EADS said.

It is the fifth mission of Ariane-5 this year.

The two communication satellites, AMC-21 and Superbird, were launched respectively for Japan and the United States.

AMC-21, produced by Thales Alenia Space and Orbital Sciences Corporation for the U.S. operator SES Americom, will provide television services for the United States, the Mexican Gulf, the Caribbean and central America.

Superbird-7, produced by Japanese Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for Space Communications Corporation (SCC), will provide television and Internet coverage in the Asia-Pacific region.

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