MAINTAINING THE LAUNCH RATE FOR ARIANE 5: TWO MISSIONS IN FULL SWING

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.

INTEGRATION IS COMPLETE FOR ARIANESPACE’S FIFTH ARIANE 5 TO BE LAUNCHED IN 2009

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.

FINAL PAYLOAD INTEGRATION IS UNDERWAY FOR ARIANESPACE’S FIFTH MISSION OF 2009

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.