Arianespace’s first Ariane 5 of 2010 is ready for launch

Another Ariane 5 is in the Spaceport’s launch zone, clearing the way for tomorrow’s flight (March 26) with the ASTRA 3B and COMSATBw-2 satellite payloads.
This vehicle – the 50th Ariane 5 to be launched – was transferred from the Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch complex during a process lasting 1 hr., 45 min. this morning.
The mission will be the first of seven Ariane 5 flights planned in 2010, and is set for liftoff during a March 26 launch window that opens at 7:03 p.m. local time and continues to 7:52 p.m. (22h03-22h52 UTC).

Ariane 5 is “go” for its March 26 liftoff

Today’s launch readiness review (March 24) has cleared Arianespace’s initial Ariane 5 mission of 2010 for a liftoff on Friday. Ariane 5 is now ready for its transfer from the Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch complex tomorrow. The final countdown will then begin, leading to the liftoff during a launch window on March 26 that opens at 7:03 p.m. local time, and continues to 7:52 p.m. (22h03-22h52 UTC). This heavy-lift flight will orbit SES ASTRA’s ASTRA 3B commercial telecommunications satellite and Germany’s COMSATBw-2 secure military relay platform.

New momentum as Arianespace marks 30th anniversary

During a meeting held today in Evry, France, the Arianespace Board of Directors decided to provide resources needed for the company’s further development as a launch services leader. Arianespace’s order book now stands at 4.3 billion euros – an all-time record – and includes 33 satellites to be launched into geostationary orbit; six Ariane 5 missions with the Automated Transfer Vehicle (to service the International Space Station); and 17 Soyuz launches.