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Skynet 5B and Star One C1 are readied for Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:06 pm
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(Arianespace) – Both satellites for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 flight are in the final preparation phase at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. They will be lofted by the fifth Ariane 5 mission of 2007, which is scheduled for liftoff on November 9. Our images below show Skynet 5B and Star One C1 spacecraft as they are readied in the Spaceport’s state-of-the-art S5 payload processing facility.

The Skynet 5B military communications satellite is secured on its cone-shape adapter unit, which will serve as the interface when mounted atop Ariane 5’s SYLDA 5 payload dispenser system. This fully-hardened spacecraft carries advanced UHF and SHF communications payloads with extensive channel-to-beam flexibility, along with multiple antennas for global and regional beams. Skynet 5B was built by EADS Astrium, which will provide an in-orbit delivery to Paradigm Secure Communications

Thales Alenia Space’s Star One C1 satellite is topped off with its onboard propellant in the S5A fueling hall of the Spaceport’s S5 satellite preparation facility. Equipped with 45 C-, Ku- and X-band transponders, Star One C1 will be utilized by Brazil’s Star One satellite operator to provide communications, multimedia and broadband Internet services for the Latin American market. When integrated on the Ariane 5 launcher, Star One C1 will be in the lower payload position – riding inside the SYLDA 5 dispenser.

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