Ariane vehicle L535, flight V175 was launched on Mar 11. The EPC first
stage entered a -1251 x 157 km x 7.2 deg suborbital path; the EPC-A upper
stage delivered the payloads to geostationary transfer orbit.
Payloads were Skynet 5A and Insat 4B.
Skynet 5A is an EADS Astrium Eurostar 3000S communications satellite
with a dry mass of 2170 kg. It is owned and operated by Paradigm Secure
Communications to provide military comms for the UK Ministry of Defence
and NATO. The first Skynet satellite was deployed in 1969 as an
outgrowth of the US Initial Defense Satellite Communications System. By
Mar 14, 2007 Skynet 5A was in a 32876 x 35734 km x 0.19 deg.