Ariane 5’s upper payload completes its integration at the Spaceport

Integration of the upper portion of Ariane 5’s dual-passenger “stack” has been completed, with the Arabsat-5C satellite and SYLDA dispenser system now encapsulated inside the launcher’s payload fairing in preparation for the September 9 Arianespace mission from French Guiana.

This encapsulation occurred today at the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, adjacent to where the Ariane 5 is waiting to receive Arabsat-5C and the mission’s co-passenger, SES-2.

Preparations for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission enter the payload integration phase

Payload integration for Arianespace’s fifth Ariane 5 mission of 2011 has begun with installation of the Arabsat-5C satellite atop the SYLDA dual-payload dispenser system at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

Arabsat-5C will ride as the upper passenger in Ariane 5’s payload “stack,” being released first during the flight sequence. Positioned on the canister-shaped dispenser, the Arabsat-5C/SYLDA combination is ready to be encapsulated inside the Ariane 5’s payload fairing, and then installed over the lower passenger – SES-2 – which will be mated atop launcher’s core section.

The next ATV resupply spacecraft arrives for Arianespace’s 2012 mission to service the International Space Station

Arianespace’s role in supporting the International Space Station’s continuing operations was underscored with the arrival of Europe’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) resupply vessel in French Guiana, which is to be launched next year by an Ariane 5 for servicing of the crewed facility in Earth orbit.

The ATV Edoardo Amaldi – named after the Italian cosmic ray physicist who was a founding father of European space research – is now at the Spaceport after arriving yesterday in French Guiana aboard the MN Toucan.

Two more Soyuz missions are planned this year to launch Globalstar’s second-generation satellites

Preparations for two additional Soyuz launches are now underway at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for missions to be performed by Arianespace’s Starsem affiliate before year-end in building up Globalstar’s second-generation satellite constellation.

Arianespace has been contracted to conduct a total of four such launches, carrying six satellites on each flight for Globalstar’s mobile satellite voice and mobile satellite handset data services.