Australian satellite provider, Optus, will launch its state-of-the art Optus 10 satellite in late May.
Over the past few days, the Optus and Space Systems/Loral (SSL) teams have completed the final pre-shipment review. The Optus 10 satellite has also been packed and loaded onto an Antonov heavy lift aircraft for transportation to the Arianespace launch base in French Guiana in South America.
Optus 10 will be launched by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana on board an Ariane-5 launch vehicle.
It will be the sixth satellite launched by Arianespace for Optus.
Arianespace launched Optus' A3 satellite in 1987 followed by C1 in 2003, D1 in 2006, D2 in 2007 and D3 in 2009.
US-based satellite manufacturer, SSL, constructed the Optus 10 satellite in Palo Alto, California. This is the second Optus satellite supplied by SSL after the C1 satellite which was delivered to Optus and the Australian Department of Defence in 2003.
Optus 10 is designed to operate in the Ku-band FSS and BSS bands across Australia, New Zealand and Antarctic regions and will weigh about 3200 kilograms at launch.
According to Optus, the satellite will provide increased fleet resilience and significantly increase Optus' fleet capacity providing increased bandwidth to support the delivery of video, data and voice services to corporate, enterprise and government customers.
It is expected to have a life span well in excess of 15 years.
Optus is the only network provider in Australia to both own and operate its own fleet of satellites.