DirecTV, Sky ready DTH satellite launch

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 26 May 2015

Arianespace is keeping up its mission cadence for 2015 with the launch of the dual-payload Ariane 5 tomorrow (27 May) from French Guiana that will orbit the DirecTV-15 and Sky México-1 direct-to-home (DTH) relay satellites for digital TV services.

The green light for Flight VA223 was given after last week's launch review, which is held prior to every Arianespace mission, confirming the "go" status of Ariane 5, as well as the Spaceport's infrastructure and the downrange tracking station network.

Everything is set for the roll-out of Ariane 5 and an evening lift-off taking place after 6pm.

DirecTV-15 is an Airbus Defence and Space-built satellite based on the Eurostar E3000 platform. It will provide services in the Ku-, Ka- and R-bands for customers across the US.

Orbital ATK, Inc produced the Sky México-1 spacecraft using its GEOStar-2 platform. Equipped with Ku- and R-band transponders, this spacecraft will be operated for Sky, which is owned by Mexico's Grupo Televisa and DirecTV.