The payload “stack” for Arianespace’s initial flight of 2009 is taking shape at the Spaceport, where the Eutelsat HOT BIRD™ 10 satellite has been installed atop Ariane 5’s SYLDA dispenser system.
The sea-going MN Toucan ship has delivered an Ariane 5 to French Guiana that will be launched in April with Europe’s Herschel and Planck space science payloads. Herschel will be the largest space telescope of its kind ever lofted, while Planck will analyze radiation remnants that filled the universe immediately after the Big Bang.
Preparations for Arianespace’s initial Ariane 5 flight of 2009 entered a new phase with the startup of final payload integration at Europe’s Spaceport. This activity began with HOT BIRD™ 10’s installation atop its adapter unit, which functions as the interface between the satellite and Ariane 5’s payload “stack.”
Arianespace has taken delivery of the Ariane 5 launcher for its initial mission of 2009, which will orbit a three-element payload of NSS-9, HOT BIRD™ 10 and two small Spirale satellites. The delivery was marked by Ariane 5’s transfer from the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building – where the launch vehicle’s initial build-up was performed by industrial prime contractor EADS Astrium Space Transportation – to the Final Assembly Building, where Arianespace will oversee payload integration.
Calling it ‘the new standard for global VSAT service,’ Thrane & Thrane to offer KVH’s TracPhone V7 and mini-VSAT Broadband airtime as its maritime VSAT solution
A working meeting with Arianespace and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) representatives has focused on informational and communications policies for Soyuz missions – covering such topics as procedures for accommodating the news media, along with the means of providing regular updates during launch campaigns for this medium-lift vehicle.
Live mini-VSAT Broadband service in the Pacific is a major milestone in joint effort by KVH and ViaSat to support broadband Internet & VoIP telephone service for maritime & aeronautical applications globally
Preparations for Arianespace’s February 12 mission are in full swing following delivery of the SES NEWSKIES NSS-9 satellite to French Guiana and the fueling of Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ 10. NSS-9 arrived at Cayenne’s Rochambeau International Airport aboard a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner on January 16.