On December 19, 2012 at 21:49 UTC the "Ariane-5ECA” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou launch site in French Guiana. The rocket orbited Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario telecommunications satellites. The Skynet 5D telecommunications satellite will provide services for the British Defense Ministry as well as for NATO member states. Mexsat Bicentenario is a Mexican satellite manufactured in the United States. It will provide telecommunication services for the Mexican Transportation and Communications Ministry.