ARIANESPACE WRAPS UP ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF OPERATIONS

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.

FLIGHT 193 – HELIOS 2B: LAUNCH DELAYED

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.

ARIANE 5 ROLLS OUT TO THE LAUNCH ZONE WITH HELIOS 2B

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.

ARIANE 5 IS AUTHORIZED FOR LAUNCH WITH HELIOS 2B

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.