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Arianespace Increases Its Op-Tempo

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 8, 2007 12:01 am
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Today, Arianespace got its next Ariane 5 rocket delivered to the port of Pariacabo, French Guiana aboard the RoRo ship MN Colibri. It’s one of the two vessels that deliver the rockets directly from Europe across the Atlantic Ocean. The payloads are mostly delivered by plan, especially by the large cargo aircraft AN-124 Ruslan.

The Kourou Space Center is capable of preparing two Ariane 5 rockets in parallel. So it’s no problem, that the launch of INSAT 4B and Skynet 5A was delayed by one day from Friday to Saturday.

Arianespace plans to launch 6 Ariane 5 this year as well as next year. Starting in 2009 the launch rate is planned to be boosted to 8 Ariane 5 launches a year. Additionally there will be Soyuz-ST and Vega launches from the Kourou Space Center, so it will get quite busy there.

If Russia and France cooperate on manned Soyuz launches from Kourou, the space center can get the busiest on the world with launches nearly every week.

But first they have to succeed on their next launch on Saturday, that will be covered live here on the Space Fellowship.

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