Following a 24-hour postponement due to winds at altitude over the ELA-3 launch complex, Ariane 5’s heavy-lift flight with Hispasat 1E and KOREASAT 6 is on track for a liftoff this evening from Europe’s Spaceport. The final countdown is now underway, with today’s liftoff planned during a launch window that opens at 6:27 p.m., local time in French Guiana.
Ariane 5 successfully orbited the Hispasat 1E and KOREASAT 6 telecommunications satellites on Arianespace’s sixth and final heavy-lift mission of 2010.
Lifting off from the Spaceport in French Guiana, Ariane 5 deployed its two passengers during a mission lasting 34 minutes. In another demonstration of Arianespace’s reactivity, this 41st consecutive successful flight for Ariane 5 occurred just one month after its previous mission in November.
The payload processing for Ariane 5’s sixth and final flight of 2010 is continuing at the Spaceport in French Guiana, where KOREASAT 6 is being readied for integration on its heavy-lift launcher.
KOREASAT 6 was built by an industry team composed of Orbital Sciences Corp. and Thales Alenia Space for the Republic of Korea’s KT Corporation. This telecommunications spacecraft – along with its companion payload, Hispasat 1E – will be orbited during an Ariane 5 mission scheduled for December 28.
The Sentinel-1A satellite for Europe’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program will be orbited by Arianespace on a Soyuz launcher in late 2012. To operate in a Sun-synchronous circular orbit at an altitude of approximately 690 kilometers, Sentinel-1A will carry a C-band synthetic aperture radar-type sensor. Since the beginning of the year, Arianespace has signed seven contracts for dedicated Soyuz missions, along with 11 launch contracts for geostationary satellites.
Initial assembly is complete for the milestone 200th Ariane for launch, as preparations continue for next February’s Ariane 5 mission that will loft a European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) to service the International Space Station. During activity in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, the Ariane 5 ES version of Arianespace’s heavy-lift workhorse was fitted with its equipment bay, followed by installation of the EPS upper stage.
Liftoff of the sixth Ariane 5 in 2010 – which will carry the HISPASAT 1E and KOREASAT 6 telecommunications satellite payloads – is now planned for the evening of December 28 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
This mission will be the 199th flight of an Ariane family launch vehicle, and the 55th for an Ariane 5.
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Telespazio has selected Arianespace to launch Sicral 2 within the framework of a turnkey contract the Italian Defense Ministry and the French DGA armament agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement) have with Thales Alenia Space Italy. A heavy-lift Ariane 5 is scheduled to launch this spacecraft – which will weigh approximately 4,400 kg. – from the Spaceport in French Guiana as of November 2013. Since the beginning of the year, Arianespace has signed 11 launch contracts for geostationary satellites, along with six dedicated Soyuz launches.
The milestone 200th Ariane launch vehicle has begun its assembly process in French Guiana, as preparations move forward for its February 2011 mission with Europe’s second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV). This Ariane 5 ES version of Arianespace’s workhorse heavy-lift launcher is being assembled in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, where activity began mid-week with the core cryogenic stage’s positioning over the mobile launch table.