Launch of Ariane 5 with Skynet 5D & Mexsat 3 on VA211

The final orbital launch of 2012 occurred tonight, December 19th 2012 at 21:49 UTC from Kourou in French Guiana. The Ariane 5 rocket took off on her 7th mission of 2012 carrying Skynet 5D for Britain and Mexsat 3 for Mexico.

Skynet 5D is a military satellite and will provide communications and broadband for armed services. Mexsat 3 has 12 Ku and C-Band transponders and will provide communications for Mexico.

Source: Arianespace

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