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Intelsat's Galaxy 17 starts its pre-launch preparations

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Wed Apr 4, 2007 5:19 pm
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The second passenger for Arianespace’s next heavy-lift mission is now undergoing its checkout at the Spaceport as activity continues for the early May launch of Ariane 5.

Intelsat’s Galaxy 17 was delivered to French Guiana on a chartered cargo flight, and currently is in the Spaceport’s S5 satellite preparation building. Our photos detail the initial verifications of Galaxy 17, carried out by technicians from Alcatel Alenia Space, which produced the satellite:

Galaxy 17 is the 50th geostationary communications satellite based on the Alcatel Alenia Space Spacebus platform. In this photo, Galaxy 17 has been removed from its climate-controlled shipping container inside the S5C preparation high-bay. S5C is one of three main halls that comprise the state-of-the-art S5 facility at Europe’s Spaceport.

Supported by an overhead crane, Galaxy 17 is moved toward a fixture (visible in the foreground) that will hold the satellite during its checkout in the S5C high-bay. Galaxy 17 will weigh approximately 4 metric tons at launch and is designed for a 15-year operational life, providing television and telecommunications services for Intelsat customers.

Alcatel Alenia Space is responsible for Galaxy 17’s construction, pre-launch preparations, satellite positioning and in-orbit testing. The spacecraft will be orbited on the upcoming Ariane 5 mission along with ASTRA 1L – an A2100 AXS television relay platform built by Lockheed Martin Commercial Satellite Systems for SES ASTRA.

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