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A double transfer at the Spaceport for the next two Ariane 5 launchers

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:29 am
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(Arianespace) – The Ariane 5 ECA for Arianespace’s upcoming heavy-lift flight has been transferred to the Final Assembly Building at Europe’s Spaceport, where the vehicle will be fitted with its dual satellite payload.

This rollout marked a new milestone in preparations for the August 14 mission, and also underscored the flexibility of Ariane 5’s launch infrastructure at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

The next flight will be Arianespace’s third Ariane 5 mission of 2007, and is to carry the BSAT-3a and SPACEWAY™ 3 spacecraft.

BSAT-3a is a Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems A2100A platform, which is configured for 12 130-Watt Ku-band channels (with eight operating at one time). SPACEWAY 3 was manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems, and will be one of the first satellites to handle switching and broadband traffic routing on board, enabling single-hop communications between satellite terminals.

The Ariane 5 ECA for Arianespace’s August 14 mission rolled out of the Launcher Integration Building yesterday, where it has been since the start of its buildup process late last month. The vehicle followed a 2.5-km. semi-circular rail line to the Final Assembly Building.

This Ariane 5 is swapping places with an Ariane 5 GS vehicle, which was assembled earlier, and has now been moved back to the Launcher Integration Building. The Ariane 5 GS will be used for a September mission that is to orbit the Intelsat 11 and Optus D2 satellites – both of which are built by Orbital Sciences Corporation.

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