May 27, 2015 5:00 PM EDT

Arianespace launched two communications satellites into orbit on Wednesday.

The DirecTV-15 satellite will provide broadcasts for the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico, while the SKY México-1 satellite will provide HD broadcasts for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, according to a statement by Arianespace, the commercial satellite launch company pushing them into orbit.

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Liftoff in French Guiana will occur seven seconds after the ignition of the main stage cryogenic engine, and the rocket will climb vertically for six seconds before turning East, according to SpaceFlightInsider. Both satellites are expected to last in space for approximately 15 years.

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