The maturity of Arianespace’s Soyuz launch system at French Guiana – and its confirmed role as a full-fledged member of the company’s launcher family – were demonstrated once again by tonight’s successful orbiting of the Pléiades 1B satellite from the Spaceport.
The fourth Arianespace Soyuz mission from French Guiana has been given the green light for liftoff tomorrow night, following the launch readiness review held today.
A payload fairing not only performs the important role of protecting a launcher’s passengers during ascent, it also provides an opportunity to put a spotlight on the spacecraft lofted during the mission.
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The Spaceport is once again handling parallel campaigns with two different members of the Arianespace launcher family, as a heavy-lift Ariane 5 has moved to the Final Assembly Building to be readied for its December 19 flight, while a medium-lift Soyuz is now complete at a separate complex in French Guiana for a nighttime launch this Friday.
Arianespace’s fourth Soyuz for launch from the Spaceport in French Guiana is now undergoing final checkout for a November 30 evening liftoff following installation of its Pléiades 1B observation satellite atop the medium-lift vehicle.
EchoStar Corp. and Arianespace, SA, have reached an agreement to launch multiple new satellites over a multi-year period from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana. The new contract will provide EchoStar with launch capacity and flexibility for its industry-leading satellite program.
The well-planned choreography involved in final pre-launch preparations of a Soyuz vehicle at the Spaceport is now underway as Arianespace’s flight with the Pléiades 1B satellite remains on schedule for liftoff on Friday, November 30 from French Guiana.
The Pleiades 1B satellite passenger for Arianespace’s fourth Soyuz flight from French Guiana is ready for integration into the medium-lift launcher’s payload “stack” at the Spaceport.
The second passenger for Arianespace’s next heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission – Mexsat Bicentenario – has arrived in French Guiana. Built by satellite manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corporation, this telecommunications satellite will have an estimated liftoff mass of 2,900 kg.