At the 25th Africa-France Summit, Arianespace is underscoring its contribution to the development of satellite coverage in Africa over the past three decades. Arianespace has launched satellites for major international operators and participated in innovative projects by regional African operators.
An Ariane 5 ECA will orbit the ARABSAT 5A and COMS spacecraft during a flight now scheduled for June 23. This second mission of 2010 will take place from the Spaceport in French Guiana, and follows the heavy-lift vehicle’s May 21 success with ASTRA 3B and COMSATBw-2.
The 50th flight of an Ariane 5 successfully orbited the ASTRA 3B and COMSATBw-2 satellites from French Guiana on May 21. This Arianespace mission was the 194th launch of an Ariane family vehicle, and it will be followed by the next Ariane 5 flight in June with the ARABSAT-5A and COMS-1 payloads.
The Ariane 5 mission with ASTRA 3B and COMSATBw-2 is ready for launch tomorrow evening, May 21. Arianespace’s heavy-lift vehicle rolled out at the Spaceport in French Guiana this morning, and moved to the launch zone for a scheduled liftoff at 7:01 p.m. local time tomorrow. ASTRA 3B is riding in the upper position of the launcher’s payload “stack” and will be deployed at just under 28 minutes into the flight, with COMSATBw-2 located below it in the SYLDA 5 dispenser for a separation at 33 minutes after liftoff.
The heavy-lift Ariane 5 has been selected to orbit its fourth spacecraft in the Skynet 5 family: Skynet 5D. This military communications satellite will be placed into geostationary transfer orbit from Europe’s Spaceport during the first half of 2013. Skynet 5D is to be lofted by Arianespace for Astrium, which is contracted to deliver the satellite in orbit to Paradigm Secure Communications.
The 50th Ariane 5 will be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on the night of May 21, 2010, with a mixed civilian and military telecommunications satellite payload – SES ASTRA’s ASTRA 3B and Germany’s COMSATBw-2.
The first Soyuz to be operated from the Spaceport is being readied to receive its Block I third stage, which follows the previous integration of this medium-lift vehicle’s first and second stages. The third stage has been upgraded to significantly increase Soyuz’ overall performance, navigation accuracy and control capability.
Arianespace has signed a contract with Intelsat, the leading provider of fixed satellite services, to launch Intelsat 17. An Ariane 5 ECA is scheduled to orbit this spacecraft – which will weigh nearly 5,800 at liftoff – from the Spaceport in French Guiana at the end of 2010.
KVH received a $2 million order for its TACNAV II tactical navigation system for use by an international customer.
The first flight of Soyuz from French Guiana has been confirmed for the fourth quarter of 2010. This was announced today during a meeting of the Soyuz Consultation Committee – which comprises representatives of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, the European Space Agency (ESA), the French space agency CNES and Arianespace. The committee’s meeting was called to review progress on the Spaceport’s Soyuz launch pad, and to approve an overall timetable for assembly and testing in advance of the inaugural mission.