Arianespace announced Friday (May 22) that it received the go-ahead for the scheduled May 27 launch of Arian 5, a dual-payload rocket that will carry the DirecTV 15 and SKY México-1 direct-to-home satellites, from its facility in French Guiana.
Arianespace said it received the green light for Flight VA223 following a launch-readiness review, confirming “go” status of Ariane 5. That means all is set for rollout today of Ariane 5, followed by the anticipated liftoff on May 27 during a launch window that opens at 6:16 p.m. local time in French Guiana (5:15 p.m. ET).
The DirecTV 15 satellite (a rendering of it is above), built by Airbus Defence and Space, will provide capacity for additional digital TV services (in the Ku-, Ka- and R-bands) for DirecTV’s U.S. customers, including capacity that can be applied to the satellite TV operator’s 4K plans.
With a design life of 15 years, DirecTV 15 is slated to be the eighth satellite orbited by Arianespace for DirecTV.
The SKY México-1 spacecraft will be operated for SKY, which is owned by Mexico’s Grupo Televisa S.A.B. and DirecTV.