[Ariane 5] Launch of JCSAT-13 & VINASAT-2 on Ariane 5


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The 62nd Ariane 5 lifted off from Kourou in French Guiana today, May 15th 2012, at 22:12 UTC. The Ariane 5 carried the JCSAT-13 and VINASAT-2 communication satellites into orbit.

JCSAT-13 at 4350kg has a design life of over 15 years and is for Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT, it is fitted with 44 Ku-Band transponders and will provide TV broadcast capability to all over Japan.

VINASAT-2 is around 2970kg has a design life of over 15 years and is for Vietname providing radio, television and telephone capabilities through it's 24 Ku-Band transponders.

Both satellites were constructed by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems and these satellites are the 100th and 101th commercial geostationary communications satellites built by Lockheed Martin since 1975.