Early this morning Av-Comm directors Garry and Michael Cratt had the pleasure of attending the Optus 10 launch celebration held at Optus’s Head Office in Sydney. Optus 10 was successfully launched into orbit along with Measat 3b atop the extremely reliable Ariane 5 rocket. The launch marks the 100th successful satellite launch for Ariane and the 61st consecutive perfect launch for the Ariane 5 vehicle.
The launch was initially delayed due to a tracking station anomaly in Kenya, the issue was quickly rectified and the rocket was launched at approximately 8am AEST. Approximately 30 minutes into the flight, and while the upper stage of the Ariane 5 rocket was travelling at over nine kilometres per second, Optus 10 was released into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). A nervous twenty minutes after release confirmation of successful communication with Optus 10 was received via Optus’s Belrose Earth Station.
Optus 10 will be located at 164 East and will provide both Ku Band coverage via 24 transponders capable of FSS and BSS frequency range transmission and is expected to have a minimum life in orbit of 15 years.