Arianespace Sets New Launch Date
[Satellite Today – 6-9-08] Arianespace confirmed a new launch date of June 12 for the Skynet 5C and Turksat 3A satellites, Arianesapce said June 9. Liftoff of the Ariane 5 is set for window that runs from 5:54 p.m. to 6:39 p.m. EDT.
Based on a Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000B2, Turksat 3A has 24 Ku-band transponders and will replace the Turksat 1C satellite.
Skynet 5 is the next-generation military satellite communications program for the U.K. Ministry of Defence. Secure communications services are being delivered by the owner and operator, Paradigm, part of Astrium Services, with the system, including the satellites, designed and built by Astrium Satellites.