ARIANESPACE’S FIFTH ARIANE 5 OF 2009 TAKES SHAPE

Build-up has begun for the fifth Ariane 5 to be launched this year – starting with the core cryogenic stage’s erection and the mating of its initial solid propellant booster. This activity – which is taking place in the Spaceport’s Launcher Assembly Building – is in parallel with preparations for Arianespace’s August mission with the no. 4 heavy-lift vehicle, which is currently in the Final Assembly Building.

PREPARATIONS ADVANCE AT SOYUZ LAUNCH SITE

The validation of two new ground infrastructure elements – the multi-mode tractor, and the rail-based kerosene propellant delivery system – are part of the latest activity at the Soyuz launch facility. Arianespace is readying the site at Europe’s Spaceport for the introduction of this legendary medium-lift vehicle to its family of launchers in 2010.

ARIANESPACE CHOSEN TO LAUNCH HYLAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE

Arianespace’s 11th Service & Solutions contract of 2009 was signed to loft HYLAS, the first satellite entrusted to Arianespace by new European operator Avanti Communications. An Ariane 5 or Soyuz launcher is scheduled to launch this 2,750-kg spacecraft – which will be Europe’s first superfast broadband satellite, serving customers all over the continent – from the Spaceport in French Guiana during the first part of 2010.

PREPARATIONS MOVE FORWARD FOR ARIANE 5’S FOURTH MISSION OF 2009

Activities in advance of Arianespace’s mid-August liftoff continue as the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA is delivered by prime contractor EADS Astrium to the Final Assembly Building at Europe’s Spaceport. In addition, the JCSAT-12 satellite – one of the launcher’s two passengers for the mission – has entered pre-launch checkout in the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility.