KEEPING UP THE MISSION PACE: THREE ARIANE 5 LAUNCHERS PROCESSED AT THE SPACEPORT

Arianespace’s 2009 mission rate is being continuing apace as three Ariane 5 vehicles are now in the workflow for launches from French Guiana. One Ariane 5 rolled out today for liftoff with the JCSAT-12 and Optus D3 telecom satellites tomorrow night, while another launcher is ready for its move into the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building. The third Ariane 5 arrived this week in French Guiana aboard a sea-going transport ship and will soon begin its build-up.

JCSAT-12 AND OPTUS D3 SPACECRAFT ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO LIFTOFF

Integration of both satellite payloads continues for Arianespace’s fourth heavy-lift mission of 2009, set for a nighttime launch from Europe’s Spaceport on August 21. The flight’s lower passenger, Optus D3, has been installed atop its adapter unit, while Ariane 5’s payload fairing is now in place over the JCSAT-12 satellite and the SYLDA dispenser system.