Arianespace will launch the Australian satellite for tlc Optus-11 with Ariane 6

The contract signed, will be the seventh brought into orbit on behalf of the operator SingTel Optu. The mission is scheduled for 2023

Arianespace will launch the Australian satellite for Optus-11 tlc with an Ariane 6 and will be the seventh brought into orbit on behalf of the operator SingTel Optus. The announcement comes from Arianespace after signing a contract with the SingTel Optus operator and the mission is scheduled for second half of 2023 and will be driven with an Ariane 6 in the configuration with four boosters (Ariane 64). Optus-11 is a Ku-band telecommunications satellite with a coverage area that will include the territories of Australia and New Zealand.

Arianespace points out that Optus-11 will benefit from cutting-edge technologies, notably the latest advances in digital processing and active antennas which allow you to create several thousand bundles. Completely reconfigurable in orbit, this satellite will improve the capabilities of the constellation already deployed by the operator in geostationary orbit which will thus become the largest constellation ever deployed by an Australian player. “We are delighted and honored by this renewed sign of confidence from the Australian operator SingTel Optus,” said Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël. The manager recalled that “we have been managing all launches on behalf of operator Optus for 21 years and Ariane 6 will now extend this success story.”

Ben White, Managing Director, Wholesale, Satellite and Strategy at Optus found that “a vital element for the commissioning of a new satellite are the partners we work with. “” We are delighted to collaborate again with Arianespace, which has demonstrated over many years the ability to consistently deliver precise and fast deployment in orbit, “commented the manager. The Ariane 64 configuration for this mission will provide additional performance to bring the Optus-11 satellite into a high-energy geostationary transfer orbit, where it can begin in-orbit operations more quickly.