O3b to launch first 4 satellites, start providing internet connection in remote areas

Final Satellite to join siblings on Launch Dispenser

On May 29, at 16h55 local, the third of our four satellites was successfully mounted onto the dispenser. The TAS-I, Astrium and Arianespace team performed the task flawlessly. One could not ask for cleaner operation.

On Friday, the fourth satellite was loaded with hydrazine and today it was pressurized. All things being equal, the fourth satellite shall be mounted on the dispenser and electrically verified by late afternoon tomorrow. Weather is hot and humid with either direct skin blistering sun or torrential rain…perhaps this is why it is called a “rain forest.”