Arianespace’s Ariane launcher marks the 30th anniversary of its maiden flight today, highlighting the heavy-lift vehicle’s reliability, flexibility and payload delivery accuracy for customers around the globe. Since Ariane 1’s historic inaugural liftoff in 1979, a total of 193 Ariane missions have been performed, launching 277 payloads.
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Ariane 5 delivered the French Helios 2B military observation satellite into Sun-synchronous polar orbit this afternoon on Arianespace’s seventh mission of 2009. Today’s flight from Europe’s Spaceport marked the 35th consecutive success for Ariane 5 during seven years of operation, reinforcing its role as the heavy-lift vehicle of reference for the world’s commercial launch services sector.
An anomaly occurred during final chronology for Flight 193-HELIOS 2B, thus halting the count-down. Since the launch was to occur within a precise instant, a new attempt was not possible today. The launch vehicle and its HELIOS 2B satellite payload are in stand-by mode and maintained in fully safe conditions. A new date for the mission will be announced as soon as possible.
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Ariane 5 has been transferred to the ELA-3 launch zone with its Helios 2B satellite payload, starting the final countdown to a mid-day liftoff tomorrow. Arianespace’s seventh mission of 2009 will deploy this 4,200-kg. French spacecraft into a Sun-synchronous polar orbit.
Arianespace’s year-end mission with Helios 2B is now set for December 17 from the Spaceport in French Guiana. The French military observation satellite is riding as a solo payload on this upcoming flight, which is the seventh of 2009 for the workhorse Ariane 5 launcher.
Ariane 5 is ready for its seventh flight of 2009 following today’s rollout to the ELA-3 launch facility from the Final Assembly Building at Europe’s Spaceport. Liftoff of the Ariane 5 GS is set for 1:26 p.m., with the French Helios 2B being injected into a Sun-synchronous polar orbit during a mission lasting 59 min., 23 sec.
The green light has been given for Ariane 5’s year-ending flight with the French Helios 2B military observation satellite. This go-ahead followed today’s successful launch readiness review – which validated the status of Ariane 5 and its payload, the launch infrastructure at Europe’s Spaceport, and the network of downrange tracking stations. Liftoff of this Ariane 5 GS is set for 1:26 p.m. on December 9, with Helios 2B being injected into a Sun-synchronous polar orbit during a mission lasting 59 min., 23 sec.
Thirty years of launch services excellence with the Ariane launcher family was celebrated by Arianespace in Washington, D.C. Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall recalled the maiden flight of Ariane 1 on Christmas Eve 1979, and underscored the importance of launch services maturity and continuity in today’s competitive marketplace.