June 20, 2019 – Arianespace confirms its status as a trusted partner to world-class operators of communications satellites with the launch of T-16 and Eutelsat 7C. The company’s fifth launch of 2019 took place on June 20 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. With this latest success, the second with an Ariane 5 launch vehicle in 2019, Arianespace consolidates its leadership in the market for commercial launches into geostationary orbit. Today’s launch was the 104th overall for an Ariane 5 and the 310th launch by the Arianespace family. Eutelsat 7C is the 33rd satellite to be launched by Arianespace for Eutelsat. With this latest launch, Arianespace continues to bolster its exceptional partnership with Eutelsat, a relationship that reaches back to 1983. More than half of the operator’s satellites to date have been orbited by Arianespace. This relationship is set to continue, since Arianespace’s backlog includes seven more Eutelsat satellites, to be orbited by Ariane 5 and Ariane 6. Built by Maxar Technologies, Eutelsat 7C is a high-power broadcast satellite for markets in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. By significantly increasing power over Sub-Saharan Africa, it will make room for several hundred additional digital channels to support the region’s rapidly expanding television market. Built by Airbus Defence and Space, T-16 will provide high-power broadcast services to the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.