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Both Galileo navigation satellites for Arianespace’s third Soyuz flight from the Spaceport are now in French Guiana, marking a new milestone for this mission scheduled in the second half of 2012.
Test deployments of the antenna reflectors on India’s GSAT-10 telecommunications satellite have been performed as part of pre-flight preparations for this payload, which is one of two spacecraft on Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana.
Europe’s Galileo Flight Model #3 (FM3) satellite is undergoing checkout at the Spaceport in preparation for launch along with its “sister” FM4 co-passenger on Arianespace’s next Soyuz mission from French Guiana, which is targeted for the second half of 2012.
India’s GSAT-10 telecommunications satellite – which is one of two passengers for Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission in September – has been put through its paces during pre-flight preparations at the Spaceport in French Guiana, including a solar panel deployment test.
The first of two Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) navigation satellites for Arianespace’s next Soyuz mission from the Spaceport has arrived in French Guiana, stepping up the activity involving this mission – which is scheduled in the second half of 2012.
Arianespace’s mission that orbited the Intelsat 20 and HYLAS 2 satellites today marked the milestone 50th consecutive success for its Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher, confirming this vehicle’s role as the launch services industry reference in reliability, flexibility and performance.
Arianespace’s fourth heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission of 2012 has been given the green light for liftoff later this week following today’s launch readiness review at the Spaceport in French Guiana.