Arianespace launches SES-15 in 2d Euro Soyuz GTO mission

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The successful May 18 launch of a Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket carrying the SES-15 satellite gave launch-service provider Arianespace confidence that it can make its 12-launch goal this year despite a 44-day shutdown due to strikes in French Guiana.

The launch also allowed fleet operator SES to get its satellite into orbit more quickly than would have been the case if it had waited for a spot in the upper position of a heavy-lift Ariane 5 rocket. 

Pleasing SES, which is about to . . .

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