Supporting growth in the Middle East and Asia

Arianespace is underscoring its benchmark position for satellite operators in the Middle East and Asia with a key presence at Dubai’s CABSAT 2011 industry event.
During 2011, Arianespace will launch a total of six satellites for operators in the region – beginning with a March 29 mission to orbit the Yahsat 1A satellite for Abu Dhabi-based Yahsat. Arianespace subsequently will launch five other satellites during the year for operators in Singapore, India, Japan and Arabsat.

The Vega launcher’s four stages are stacked for validation at the Spaceport

The assembly of a representative Vega launcher is nearly complete at the Spaceport as part of validations for the mechanical, electrical and fluid elements of this newest member in Arianespace’s launch vehicle family at its launch site in French Guiana.
After stacking the inert first, second and third solid propellant stages on the Vega launch pad, team members now have added the bi-propellant liquid upper stage, called the AVUM (Attitude and Vernier Upper Module). The next step will be installation of the payload fairing with a satellite mockup and payload adapter, followed by a loading exercise with the AVUM’s propellant.