On May 15, 2012 at 22:13 UTC the "Arian-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Guiana Space Center at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The rocket orbited 2 satellites built in the United States by Lockheed Martin for telecommunications operators in Japan and Vietnam.
The JCSAT 13 direct-to-home television broadcasting satellite will serve Japan's SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. It has a 15-year life expectancy.
The VINASAT 2 satellite will be used by Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group to relay TV, phone and radio signals. The satellite weighs approximately 3 tons and has a lifespan of 15 years.