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Release date- 10072014 - Kourou- On
With this eighth
O3b, a mission to provide low-cost, high-speed Internet access to the 'other 3 billion' people on Earth
Arianespace lofted four more satellites in the O3b constellation (the 'Other 3 billion') into an equatorial orbit. Built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor, these four satellites will enable O3b Networks to supply broadband Internet access at moderate prices to emerging markets in
Arianespace's partnership with O3b clearly reflects one of the company's basic values, namely making the benefits of space available to people on Earth.
Arianespace, trusted partner for new operators
Arianespace has long supported new operators as they enter the market, by providing services tailored to their specific requirements, backed by launch systems renowned for their reliability and availability. For O3b Networks, Arianespace and partners developed a special technique to deploy these satellites into equatorial orbit, combining a dedicated multiple launch configuration and an optimized launch campaign. Furthermore, access to an export credit arrangement facilitated project financing. Arianespace is already gearing up for a third O3b launch, scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.
Arianespace, the global benchmark in launch services
Shortly after the official announcement of the orbital injection of the four O3b satellites,
I would like to thank the ground industrialists, CNES/CSG teams, and the space center staff for their efforts on this fifth successful launch of the year. Thank you to the Arianespace teams for this latest success. More than ever, this reinforces Arianespace's position as the world leader in space transportation in the framework of an exceptional year.'
The satellite constellation operated by
O3b Networks will provide telecom operators with trunking capacity and connectivity for mobile networks at rates and response times equal to fiber-optic networks.
Placed in an equatorial orbit at an altitude of 8,062 km, these Ka-band satellites will offer low-cost, high-speed telecommunications and Internet access to the 'other 3 billion' people on our planet who do not yet enjoy broadband access.
The satellites in the O3b constellation, each weighing about 700 kg at launch, were designed, tested and integrated by Thales Alenia Space.
Arianespace is the world's leading satellite launch company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the
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