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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #20 on: 09/07/2017 02:53 PM »
Last Galileo leaves ESA’s Test Centre

4 September 2017
The last of 22 Galileo satellites has departed ESA’s Test Centre in the Netherlands – concluding the single longest and largest scale test campaign in the establishment’s history.

Cocooned in a protective container for its journey – equipped with air conditioning, temperature control and shock absorbers – the final Galileo satellite left the establishment by lorry on 24 August.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Navigation/Last_Galileo_leaves_ESA_s_Test_Centre

Doesn't the last satellite mean FOC FM22? I think FOC FM22 will not launched in this mission.
There are some FOC's that do not yet have an assigned rocket yet.

They are all assigned, 2x A5's
So you are saying these are also assigned:
per NSF Arianespace Schedule:
2020:
TBD - Galileo-FOC FM23, Galileo-FOC FM24 - TBD - Kourou
TBD - Galileo-FOC FM25, Galileo-FOC FM26 - TBD - Kourou

I meant FM's that actually excist ;-)

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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #21 on: 09/14/2017 07:42 AM »
September 13, 2017

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s next Galileo mission arrives at the Spaceport

Elements for Arianespace’s Ariane 5 mission in December have been delivered to the Spaceport in French Guiana for the heavy-lift launcher’s second flight at the service of Europe’s Galileo global satellite navigation system.

These components arrived this month in French Guiana aboard the MN Colibri, which is one of two sea-going roll-on/roll-off ships that transport launcher hardware from Europe to the South American launch site for Arianespace’s family of launch vehicles.

The year-end launch will orbit four more Galileo spacecraft, to be deployed into medium Earth orbit from a dispenser system on the Ariane 5 ES launcher version equipped with a re-ignitable upper stage. Galileo is designed to provide a new European global satellite navigation system with precision positioning services under civilian control.

A December liftoff for Ariane 5 and its Galileo satellites

Designated Flight VA240 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, the mission is targeted for December 12. As the latest mission carrying Galileo satellites, Flight VA240 is to be performed on behalf of the European Commission under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Galileo is funded by the European Union, with overall responsibility for management and implementation held by the European Commission. ESA is assigned design and development of the new generation of systems and infrastructure.

Arianespace already has launched 18 Galileo spacecraft, with four being orbited on a previous Ariane 5 mission (Flight VA233 in November 2016), and the others lofted by seven medium-lift Soyuz vehicles carrying two satellites each.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/ariane-5-arrives-in-french-guiana/

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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #22 on: 09/19/2017 01:00 PM »
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DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 9m9 minutes ago

Something has arrived.... #CSG #VA240 #Galileo

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/910123675042631682

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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #23 on: 09/20/2017 02:11 PM »
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Special delivery! 2 of the 4 #Galileo satellites for launch on #Ariane5 Flight #VA240 have arrived in French Guiana @EU_Commission @esa #OHB

https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/910505875751792640
« Last Edit: 09/20/2017 02:11 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Cross-post from the VA239 thread:
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Ariane 5   September 28, 2017

Galileo satellites are readied for Flight VA240 in December

In other activity at the Spaceport, the first two satellites for Arianespace’s Flight VA240 with Ariane 5 have begun their checkout. Targeted for a liftoff on December 12 carrying a quartet of Galileo navigation spacecraft, this mission will be performed on behalf of the European Commission under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Arianespace already has launched 18 Galileo spacecraft, with four being deployed into medium Earth orbits on a previous Ariane 5 mission (Flight VA233 in November 2016), and the others lofted by seven medium-lift Soyuz vehicles carrying two satellites each.

Galileo is designed to provide a European global satellite navigation system with precision positioning services under civilian control.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/ariane-5-mission-preps/
« Last Edit: 09/29/2017 02:11 AM by zubenelgenubi »
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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #25 on: 10/18/2017 09:07 AM »
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DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 5h5 hours ago

Something arrived.... part 2, in a Boeing 747-800 no less, #Galileo #VA240 #Ariane5 #CSG #Kourou #Cayenne

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/920495857329459201

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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #26 on: 10/18/2017 02:57 PM »
Confirmation all spacecraft have arrived:

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Stéphane Israël‏ @arianespaceceo 9m9 minutes ago

All 4 #Galileo spacecraft for #Ariane5 Flight #VA240 are in French Guiana following today’s 2-satellite delivery @EU_Commission @esa #OHB

https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/920662618771197952

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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #28 on: 10/24/2017 08:04 PM »
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Ariane 5   October 24, 2017
Four Galileo spacecraft are prepared for their December Ariane 5 launch

Payload processing for Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 mission in support of Europe’s Galileo global navigation system has reached full speed, with all four satellites now at the Spaceport.

Liftoff of Arianespace’s Ariane 5 with these satellites is targeted for December 12, coming after the heavy-lift workhorse’s previous flight at the service of Galileo, which successfully delivered four other spacecraft to medium-Earth circular orbit in November 2016.

The upcoming mission is designated Flight VA240 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, denoting the 240th performed with an Ariane-series vehicle from the Spaceport. It also will be the company’s 11th and final launch in 2017, closing out a busy year of space lift activity.

A global navigation system for Europe

As the latest mission carrying Galileo satellites, Flight VA240 is to be conducted on behalf of the European Commission under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). Galileo is funded by the European Union, with overall responsibility for management and implementation held by the European Commission. ESA is assigned design and development of the new generation of systems and infrastructure.

Arianespace already has launched a total of 18 Galileo spacecraft, including the four orbited by Ariane 5 in November 2016, plus the others lofted by seven preceding medium-lift Soyuz vehicles that carried two satellites each.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/galileo-payload-preps/

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One of the latest-delivered Galileo satellites is removed from its protective shipping container inside the Spaceport’s S1A payload preparation facility.

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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #29 on: 10/27/2017 02:52 PM »

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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #30 on: 10/27/2017 03:27 PM »
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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #31 on: 10/28/2017 01:22 PM »
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I'll have to wave next time ;-) #Galileo #VA240

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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #32 on: 10/30/2017 12:16 PM »
Macron and Juncker visit to Europe's Spaceport in Kourou
 

ESA Director General Jan Woerner (right) with French President Emmanuel Macron (centre) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (left) during their visit to Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 27 October 2017. In the background is the Ariane 5 that is set for launch in December with four Galileo satellites.
 
Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique vidéo du CSG - P. Piron

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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #33 on: 10/30/2017 03:08 PM »
Wow!  How often do heads of government or state visit Kourou?

Macron and Juncker visit to Europe's Spaceport in Kourou
 
ESA Director General Jan Woerner (right) with French President Emmanuel Macron (centre) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (left) during their visit to Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 27 October 2017.
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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #34 on: 11/03/2017 08:14 PM »
Previous French presidential visit (from F. Hollande) to Kourou took place in December 2013 : 4 years ago.

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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #36 on: 11/13/2017 08:55 PM »
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Prochain lancement : Vol Ariane 240
12 décembre à 15h36 (locale), lancement de 4 nouveaux satellites de la constellation Galileo.

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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #38 on: 11/17/2017 06:48 AM »
The Galileo sats have been fueled.
Source & (more pics): CSG facebook + http://www.csgpreparationlancement.com/ariane/vol-ariane-233-remplissage-des-satellites-galileo/

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Re: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015, 16, 17&18 - Dec 12 2017
« Reply #39 on: 11/21/2017 07:48 PM »
Galileo quartet fuelled and ready to fly

21 November 2017
Europe’s next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Tuesday saw Galileo satellites 19–22 declared ready for flight, along with their Ariane. Combined activities are now under way, culminating in the satellites meeting their rocket in the Final Assembly Building.

The satellites were flown in pairs to French Guiana last month. Once safely unboxed in the Spaceport’s cleanroom environment, they were tested to ensure they had suffered no damage during their transatlantic flights.

Next came their ‘fit check’, when they were mechanically and electrically linked one by one to the dispenser that will carry them during their ascent to the target 23 500 km-altitude orbit, before releasing them into space.

 
Four Galileos on Ariane 5
Last Friday saw the satellites filled with enough fuel to fine-tune their orbits and orientation during their projected 12 year working lives. Next, they will be attached to their dispenser together for the final time.

In parallel, their customised Ariane 5 is being assembled. Two solid-propellant boosters were mated with its main cryogenic stage before the addition of the interstage that carries the electronics to control the vehicle.

Next came the addition of the storable propellant stage, powered by a reignitable engine, which will deliver the quartet to their target orbit.

 
Ariane 5 taking shape
Once fully checked, the Ariane will be moved to the final building for the addition of the satellites atop their dispenser, sealed within their protective fairing.

This launch will bring the total Galileo constellation to 22, boosting the global availability of navigation signals. Galileo began Initial Services just under a year ago, the first step before full operations, on 15 December.


 
Satellite fit check
About Galileo

Galileo is Europe’s own satellite navigation system, consisting of both the satellites in space and their associated ground infrastructure, to provide an array of positioning, navigation and timing services to Europe and the world.

The definition, development and in-orbit validation phases were carried out by ESA, and co-funded by ESA and the European Commission. This phase created a mini-constellation of four satellites and a reduced ground segment set up to validate the overall concept, ahead of further deployment.

The current Full Operational Capability phase is fully funded by the EU and managed by the Commission. The Commission and ESA have a delegation agreement by which ESA acts as design and procurement agent on behalf of the Commission.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Navigation/Galileo_quartet_fuelled_and_ready_to_fly

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