Another successful dual launch: Arianespace orbits AMAZONAS-2 & COMSATBw-1
On Thursday evening, October 1, Arianespace boosted two payloads into geostationary transfer orbit: the AMAZONAS-2 civil communications satellite for the Spanish operator Hispasat, and the COMSATBw-1 military communications satellite, built by Astrium for the German Ministry of Defense.
It was the 47th Ariane 5 launch, 33rd success in a row
Snecma played its part in this successful launch by providing the Vulcain® 2 main stage cryogenic engine for Ariane 5 ECA version and the HM7B upper stage engine. Snecma leads some 40 partners from 12 countries belonging to the European Space Agency (ESA) to produce the Vulcain®, Vulcain® 2 and HM7B engine, and to develop the Vinci® engine.