Tomorrow, on the 25th January, at 23:20 CET (live stream starts at 22:05 CET) an Ariane 5 ECA will launch two satellites - the SES-14 and the Al Yah 3 - into a geostationary transfer orbit. A rocket launch per se is a event you don't want to miss, but - needless to say - for us it's always a very special moment when our equipment gets shot into space, such as a variety of Ku- and Ka-Band OMUXes, IMUXes, Switches, Filters and MPMs.
While Airbus Defence and Space was prime contractor for SES-14, the satellite's mission is to provide direct-to-home cable and broadcasting services, aeronautical and maritime connectivity, broadband internet and cellular backhaul services for Latin America, North America, The Caribbean, North Atlantic, Western Europe and The Mediterranean. Orbital ATK was prime for the Al Yah 3, which main tasks are in the area of broadband and connectivity services for Brazil and Africa.
You can follow the live stream directly through the embedded video below or via this link: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4yt8rr.
More information regarding the launch or both satellites can be found on the mission website from arianespace: http://www.arianespace.com/mission/ariane-flight-va241/