06, 2014 at 21:30 UTC the Ariane-5ECA (VA-217) rocket- carrier was launched
from Kourou space center in French Guiana. The rocket orbited ABS-2 and ATHENA
FIDUS telecommunications satellites.
The ABS 2
spacecraft for Hong Kong-based Asia Broadcast Satellite was built by Space
Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., USA. The satellite will beam direct-to-home
television, multimedia and data transmission services across the Eastern
Hemisphere, reaching a geographic swath from Europe and Africa, across the
Middle East, Russia and India, to Southeast Asia and China.
FIDUS (Access on Theatres for European Nations Allied forces – French Italian
Dual Use Satellite) communications satellite financed by the French and Italian
governments will serve military and security forces.