The launch of DIRECTV 15, the United States’ most powerful television broadcasting satellite, is scheduled for 27 May from Kourou on board an Ariane 5 launcher. Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor for both the Ariane 5 launcher and DIRECTV 15.

“DIRECTV 15 is not just the 100th telecommunications satellite we have built for geostationary orbit – it is also the most powerful television broadcasting satellite ever built in

Europe, the most powerful used in the USA and our 8th satellite to use electric propulsion for station-keeping,” explained François Auque, Head of Space Systems. “This launch once more highlights the expertise and competitiveness of Airbus Defence and Space as the prime contractor for both the DIRECTV 15 satellite and the Ariane 5 launcher.”