Preparations are starting for another busy year of Arianespace launch activity, with the initial Ariane 5 of 2017 now delivered to the Spaceport in French Guiana. This vehicle recently arrived in French Guiana aboard the MN Colibri, which is one of two roll-on/roll-off ships that transport Arianespace launchers from their European manufacturers to South America.After docking at Pariacabo Port, the Ariane 5’s components were unloaded and transported by road to the Spaceport – where they will be assembled during activity inside the Launcher Integration Building.Getting off to a strong start in 2017The first Ariane 5 mission of 2017 – designated VA235 – will orbit a pair of communications satellites: SKY Brasil-1, for operation by DirecTV Latin America; and Indonesian service provider PT Telkom’s Telkom-3S.
The mid-February mission – designated Flight VA235 – will orbit a pair of communications satellites: SKY Brasil-1 for operation by DirecTV Latin America; and Telkom-3S for Indonesian service provider, Telkom. Both spacecraft are scheduled to arrive at the Spaceport in early January.
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Stéphane Israël @arianespaceceo 14 ene.Doubling up! Both payloads for #Ariane5’s 1st mission of 2017 are now in French Guiana: SKY Brasil-1 & Telkom-3S. Liftoff is Feb. 14. #VA235
I'm confused by one little thing...In the past the main satellite on this launch was described as "an Intelsat satellite, named Intelsat 32e, with a SkyBrasil hosted payload", including when the launch contract was signed with Arianespace.Recently Intelsat-ownership totally disappeared from the news about this launch : Arianespace itself naming this satellite as "SkyBrasil" only.2013 : http://spacenews.com/37839astrium-to-build-ku-band-satellite-for-directv-latin-america/2015 : http://spacenews.com/directv-and-intelsat-owned-satellite-will-host-yahsat-payload/The Intelsat website itself speaks only vaguely about an Intelsat 32e satellite in secondary pages, without including it in its "Upcoming launches" main section.If I understand correctly, it seems actually that Intelsat 32e is the hosted payload and SkyBrasil the main satellite.Does anybody know why ?Thanks !
Very nice photos of @Arianespace 's launcher in #French #Guiana. #Telkom3S built by @Thales_Alenia_S is scheduled for launch tonight.