Ariane 5 takes center stage at Hughes headquarters

The strong working relationship between Arianespace and Hughes Network Systems was underscored with the unveling of a large Ariane 5 scale model at the North American satellite operator’s headquarters in Germantown, Maryland. The model was unveiled earlier this week by Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall and Pradman Kaul, CEO of Hughes Network Systems.

Enhancing the Spaceport for Ariane 5 and Soyuz

A new liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen production plant is being readied for service at the Spaceport in French Guiana. The new plant – which is to replace an existing 30-year-old facility – will offer a higher production output for liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen, as well as significantly larger storage capacity. Its acceptance phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

Another Ariane 5 takes shape at the Spaceport

Initial assembly of the fourth Ariane 5 for liftoff in 2010 has begun in the Spaceport’s Integration Building. The build-up of this latest vehicle began earlier this week with the erection of its core cryogenic stage. The next step is the mating of the launcher’s two solid rocket motors, which are installed on each side of the core cryogenic stage. This will be followed by a “topping off” of the vehicle with its ESC-A cryogenic upper stage and the vehicle equipment bay.

Ariane 5 is ready to enter the final launch preparation phase

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s third mission in 2010 is ready to receive its dual-satellite payload in advance of next week’s launch from the Spaceport. During the mission, this Ariane 5 ECA will carry a pair of Thales Alenia Space-produced spacecraft: NILESAT 201 and RASCOM-QAF1R. Both satellites have been undergoing processing following their June arrival in French Guiana.

Jean-Yves Le Gall prepares Europe-Japan council meeting

A planning session for the next European Union-Japan Business Round Table meeting was led by Arianespace’s Chairman and CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall. This “brainstorming” gathering was held at the European Union in Brussels, and involved a group of business representatives who joined Le Gall, along with another group that participated from Tokyo by video conference.