Arianespace wrapped up another busy – and historic – 12 months of commercial launch services today by orbiting six satellites for mobile voice and data services on the ninth flight of 2011 – during a year in which the company lofted a total of 29 payloads using the Ariane 5 and Soyuz members of its launcher family.
Another Soyuz is ready for liftoff at the service of Arianespace – with this workhorse launcher to carry six Globalstar second-generation satellites in a mission scheduled for tomorrow night from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Precision FOGs will provide optical and targeting stabilization in Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) for international military customer
The 1,782nd flight of a Soyuz launch vehicle was performed on Wednesday, 21 December 2011 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 17:16 Moscow time (14:16 Paris time).
Arianespace is readying the first Ariane 5 for launch in 2012 from French Guiana following delivery of this heavy-lift workhorse yesterday at the Spaceport by its industrial prime contractor, Astrium.
Single-axis fiber optic gyros will be used in U.S. military remote weapon stations
The next cluster of second-generation Globalstar satellites to be orbited by Arianespace is ready for launch on a Soyuz vehicle that will lift off next week from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Arianespace’s no. 2 Soyuz mission from French Guiana has been given the launch go-ahead, moving preparations into their final phase for a nighttime liftoff tomorrow with six satellite passengers.
With preparations under way for the first launch of Europe’s new light launcher Vega from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, Arianespace has signed its first commercial launch Service & Solutions contracts for Vega with the European Space Agency (ESA), on behalf of the European Union.
The launcher for Arianespace’s no. 2 Soyuz flight from French Guiana is now complete, following the integration of its “upper composite” containing the vehicle’s Fregat upper stage, the mission’s six satellite passengers and its protective payload fairing.