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An Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA rocket will launch the HGalaxy 30, MEV-2 and BSAT-4B payloads from the Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou in French Guiana.

The Galaxy series is a family of communications satellites originally developed and operated by Hughes Communications. It has since merged with PanAmSat and is now owned and operated by Intelsat. As one of the earliest geostationary satellites, Galaxy 1 was launched on 28 June 1983.

A Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) is a type of spacecraft designed to extend the functional lifetime of another spacecraft. They are 2010s-design small-scale in-space satellite-refueling spacecraft first launched in 2019. The MEV spacecraft grew out of a concept proposed in 2011 by ViviSat, a 50/50 joint venture of aerospace firms US Space and ATK.

The Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) is a Japanese corporation established in April 1993 to procure, manage and lease transponders on communications satellites. Its largest stockholder, owning 49.9%, is NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation.

Launch Site: Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou in French Guiana.

Related channels: ARIANESPACE, ISRO, ROCKET LAUNCHES & LANDINGS


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