Azerspace/Africasat-1a launched by Azerbaijan reached the orbit at 02.11 Baku time.
Azerbaijan has launched the first telecommunications satellite Azerspace/Africasat-1 using an Ariane 5 ECA rocket carrier belonging to French company Arianespace.
Azerspace/Africasat-1a was launched from the start complex ELA-3 at the Guiana Space Centre at 01.37 Baku time.
Besides the Azerbaijani satellite, the Ariane 5 ECA rocket carrier has also brought into orbit Spanish telecommunications satellite Amazonas-3.
The payload of Azerspace/Africasat-1, built on the STAR-2 platform, consists of 36 transponders (24 C-band transponders and a 12 Ku-band range). The frequency band of each transponder is 36 MHz. The satellite weights 3275 kg and it service life in orbit will reach up to 15 years. U.S firm Orbital Sciences Corporation is the Azerspace/Africasat-1a satellite manufacturer.
The satellite will be launched into geostationary orbit at 46 degrees east longitude and is leased from Malaysia's Measat Satellite Systems, owned by the government of Malaysia. Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North Africa will be included in the service area of Azerspace.
Azerbaijani satellite Azerspace/Africasat-1 is designed to provide digital broadcasting, Internet access, data transmission and the creation of VSAT multiservice networks and governmental communications.