Arianespace’s mission with the ASTRA 2F and GSAT-10 satellites is on track for its liftoff tomorrow evening following the workhorse Ariane 5’s rollout to the ELA-3 launch zone at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
Arianespace’s fifth Ariane 5 flight of 2012 has been approved for its September 28 liftoff following today’s successful launch readiness review, which was performed at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
At APSCC 2012 (Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications, Broadcasting and Space Conference) in Seoul, South Korea from September 25 to 27, Arianespace reaffirmed its position as the benchmark satellite launch service provider in the Asia-Pacific region.
Initial checkout has begun at the Spaceport for Europe’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which is to be launched from French Guiana by Arianespace on a servicing mission to the International Space Station next year.
Following verifications carried out on the Ariane 5 ECA launch system, Arianespace has set a new date for its launch of the ASTRA 2F and GSAT-10 satellites. Liftoff of the Ariane 5 launcher is now scheduled for Friday, September 28, 2012.
Both passengers for Arianespace’s third Soyuz flight from French Guiana are entering their final processing phase, which includes fueling of the two Galileo navigation satellites prior to their integration on the launcher for liftoff in October.
In order to perform additional checks on the Ariane 5 ECA launch system, Arianespace has decided to postpone the launch VA 209, initially slated on Friday 21 September 21, for a few days. A new launch date will be announced shortly.
Europe’s newest meteorology satellite, Metop-B, was launched today from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan by the Starsem affiliate of Arianespace.
The Soyuz with Europe’s Metop-B weather satellite is now on the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome, where it is being readied for liftoff on September 17 in a mission performed by Arianespace’s Starsem affiliate.
Arianespace has been the world’s leading launch services company for more than 30 years, accounting for half of all launches of commercial satellites. At the ILA Berlin Air Show taking place this week, Arianespace continues to confirm its world leadership.