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Arianespace Launches Satellites for Sky Perfect JSAT, Korea Aerospace Research Institute

By | February 18, 2020

      An Arianespace Ariane 5 carries payloads for Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute on Feb. 18, 2020. Photo: Arianespace

      Arianespace successfully launched a dual-satellite Ariane 5 mission from Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) French Guiana on Tuesday. The mission placed JCSAT-17 for the Japanese operator Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation, and GEO-KOMPSAT-2B for Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) into Geostationary Orbit (GEO). It was Arianespace’s third mission of the year. JCSAT-17  separated 27 minutes after liftoff and followed GEO-KOMPSAT-2B separated four minutes later. 

      JCSAT-17, built by Lockheed Martin, is the 21st SKY Perfect JSAT satellite to be launched by Arianespace. This geostationary communications satellite will deliver flexible, high-bandwidth communications to users in Japan and the surrounding region. 

      GEO-KOMPSAT-2B will be KARI’s second satellite as a manufacturer – and its third as a client – to be launched by Arianespace. It is part of a Korean government program to develop and operate two civilian geostationary satellites. This one will monitor Earth’s environment and the ocean. It’s predecessor, GEO-KOMPSAT-2A, which focuses on for meteorological and space weather monitoring, was launched by Arianespace in December 2018. GEO-KOMPSAT-2B carries two main payloads: Geostationary Ocean Color Imager II (GOCI II), provided by Airbus Defence and Space; and the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS), provided by Ball Aerospace & Technologies.