25 March 2014
Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE: ORB) said the Amazonas 4A commercial communications satellite, built by the company for HISPASAT S.A. of Spain, was successfully launched into orbit aboard an Ariane 5 ECA rocket from the European spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana.
The satellite was successfully deployed approximately 35 minutes into the mission, placing it into its targeted geosynchronous transfer orbit. HISPASAT and Orbital engineers have begun a comprehensive series of in-orbit tests to verify all spacecraft systems are functioning properly before it is officially turned over to HISPASAT for full operational control and commencement of commercial service.
Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers. The company´s primary products are satellites and launch vehicles, including low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary exploration spacecraft. Its website is at http://www.orbital.com and on Twitter @OrbitalSciences.