Arianespace is continuing its sustained launch pace – with the next mission ready for an October 1 liftoff, and payloads for the following flight now undergoing final checkout at the Spaceport. The October 1 liftoff will be Ariane 5’s fifth mission of 2009, carrying the civilian Amazonas 2 satellite for Spain’s HISPASAT, along with the German COMSATBw-1 military telecommunications platform. The next flight will orbit SES WORLD SKIES’ NSS-12 and THOR 6 for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting.
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The Amazonas 2 and COMSATBw-1 satellites have been installed atop their heavy-lift Ariane 5, which is now undergoing a final series of checks in preparation for liftoff on September 30 from the Spaceport in French Guiana. Amazonas 2 will be operated by Spain’s HISPASAT with a coverage area extending from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. COMSATBw-1 is a German military satellite that will play an important role in the German Bundeswehr’s (German Armed Forces) concept for network-centric operations.
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Arianespace is maintaining its robust mission pace with delivery of the latest Ariane 5, which will embark on a record seventh flight of 2009 later this year. Arriving in French Guiana from Europe via the MN Toucan, it was transferred by road to the Spaceport – where it is now ready to begin initial build-up in the Launcher Integration Building.
The Amazonas 2 satellite has been encapsulated inside Ariane 5’s ogive-shaped payload fairing in preparation for the heavy-lift vehicle’s launch later this month. This spacecraft – which will provide the Spanish-based HISPASAT telecommunications operator with relay capacity over the Americas – will ride on the dual-payload flight with the German military satellite COMSATBw-1.
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The next two Ariane 5 missions are being readied for their upcoming launches, as the Amazonas 2 payload for Arianespace’s fifth flight of 2009 began final integration, and the sixth launcher completed its basic build-up during activity at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
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