Arianespace achieved an impressive and record-breaking year of activity during 2012, employing its complete launcher family to perform 10 total flights from the Spaceport in French Guiana with the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega; along with a Soyuz mission from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome.
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Arianespace has begun the final countdown for this evening’s Ariane 5 mission from the Spaceport, which is to orbit a dual-passenger payload consisting of the Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites.
The seventh – and final – Ariane 5 mission of 2012 is ready for its December 19 liftoff as the vehicle for this dual-payload Arianespace flight is now in the Spaceport’s launch zone at French Guiana.
Arianespace’s seventh and final Ariane 5 launch of 2012 has received its “green light” for liftoff with today’s successful launch readiness review performed at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
With the release of Arianespace’s new mobile application, tablet and smartphone users around the globe can follow the company’s launch activities through the swipe of a finger.
The remaining two Globalstar satellites for next February’s Arianespace/Starsem Soyuz mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome are now at the Kazakhstan launch site, joining four other spacecraft for checkout and the subsequent integration on their medium-lift vehicle.
The initial Ariane 5 for launch by Arianespace in 2013 has completed its basic build-up at the Spaceport, advancing preparations for a February liftoff from French Guiana with the Amazonas 3 and Azerspace/Africasat-1 telecommunications satellites.
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