Launch of first 2013 Ariane 5 with Amazonas-3 & Azerspace-1 (VA-212)

The first Ariane 5 rocket of 2013 and 68th overall lifted off from Kourou in French Guiana tonight, February 7th 2013 at 21:36 UTC. The vehicle carried the Amazonas-3 and Azerspace-1 satellites into orbit.

Amazonas 3 has 33 Ku-band transponders, 19 C-band transponders and 9 Ka-band transponders to provide a wide range of telecommunications and broadcast for Europe, America and North Africa.

Azerspace-1 has 24 C-band transponders and 12 Ku-band transponders to provide telecommunications for Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Source: Arianespace

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