Arianespace’s Ariane 5 mission on September 30 is designated Flight VA226, signifying the 226th liftoff of an Ariane vehicle from the Spaceport since this series of European launchers began operation in 1979. It will be the fifth Ariane 5 launch of 2015, and the ninth of 12 flights planned this year by Arianespace utilizing its family of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.
Riding with Sky Muster on Flight VA226 is ARSAT-2, the second in the series of geostationary satellites to be orbited by Arianespace for Argentinian operator ARSAT. After its launch, ARSAT-2 – which has a liftoff mass of approximately 2,975 kg. – will provide direct-to-home television (DTH), Internet access services for reception on VSAT antennas, along with data transmission and IP telephony.