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The sixth Ariane 5 of 2008 begins its integration at the Spaceport
September 22, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update-2008/533.asp

Ariane 5’s stepped-up flight rate in 2008 is being maintained with the debut of integration for this year’s sixth workhorse launcher, which will be utilized for an upcoming dual-payload mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana.

Our photo report highlights the first phases of the latest Arianespace launch campaign, including the heavy-lift Ariane 5’s arrival and the erection of its core cryogenic stage.

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Ariane 5 is readied for a dual-payload mission at the service of Europe’s Eutelsat

October 6, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/534.asp
 
The heavy-lift Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s sixth mission of 2008 is completing its initial build-up in the Launcher Assembly Building at Europe’s Spaceport as preparations continue for a late November liftoff.


This flight will carry two multi-role telecommunications satellites for European operator Eutelsat: HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M.


The November mission was rescheduled from its original October liftoff timing due to a lack of satellite availability from the original manifest. In rapidly rescheduling the flight, Arianespace demonstrated its reactivity in teaming up payloads for Ariane 5’s trademark dual-passenger launches.

HOT BIRD™ 9 will be positioned at Eutelsat's premium video orbital slot of 13 degrees East after its launch on Ariane 5. The spacecraft’s broad footprint and high emission power will allow digital and new HDTV channels – along with interactive services – to be received by small DTH antennas and cable and community networks throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

The W2M spacecraft will be located at Eutelsat's 16 degrees East orbital position, typically providing 26-transponder coverage in Ku-band – with the equivalent of up to 32 transponders depending on operational modes. It is designed to provide services that range from television broadcasting to data networks and broadband. The satellite’s fixed beam will cover Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, while a steerable beam can be re-oriented in-orbit according to market requirements – notably towards Africa and central Asia.


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Arianespace Flight 186 set for end of November with Eutelsat’s HOT BIRDTM 9 and W2M satellites
Paris, Evry, 6 October 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2008/10-06-08-Arianespace-flight186-set.asp

Arianespace and Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) confirm that the upcoming launch of the Ariane 5 ECA will orbit Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M satellites. The launch of Flight 186 is planned to take place in the last week of November and will be the sixth Ariane 5 launch in 2008.

The modification to the Arianespace launch manifest enables Eutelsat to ensure timely entry into service of HOT BIRD™ 9 and accelerates the deployment of the W2M satellite.

Built by EADS Astrium, the construction of HOT BIRD™ 9 was completed in July and the satellite arrived in Kourou from Toulouse on September 16 to be prepared for launch. W2M, which is built by EADS Astrium / ISRO is due to be shipped from Bangalore (India) to Kourou by mid-October to initiate final preparations for launch.

Designed for consumer broadcasting to satellite and cable homes across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, the high-power Ku-band HOT BIRD™ 9 satellite, equipped with 64 transponders, will join Eutelsat’s 13 degrees East position to increase in-orbit sparing at the Group’s premium video neighbourhood. HOT BIRD™ 9 is identical to HOT BIRD™ 8 which was launched to 13 degrees East in August 2006 and HOT BIRD™ 10 which will be orbited by Arianespace beginning of 2009.

W2M will be positioned at Eutelsat’s 16 degrees East position which represents one of the Group’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods for digital broadcasting in central Europe and Indian Ocean islands. Equipped with 26 Ku-band transponders and up to 32 depending on operational modes, the new satellite will replace W2 and provide additional capacity for further service expansion.

About Eutelsat Communications
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 24 satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues. At 30 June 2008, Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting more than 3,120 television channels and 1,100 radio stations. More than 1,100 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD™ video neighbourhood at 13 degrees East which serves over 120 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group’s satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates services through its teleport in Italy that serves enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ 538 commercial, technical and operational experts from 27 countries.
www.eutelsat.com.
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Eutelsat's W2M satellite is delivered by a European/Indian industrial consortium for Ariane 5's next launch
October 20, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/535.asp (with photo)

"The W2M satellite payload for Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission touched down today in French Guiana, arriving in a brightly-colored shipping container that underscores the Indian origins of its spacecraft bus.

W2M is one of two payloads that Arianespace will orbit for Europe’s Eutelsat aboard the next heavy-lift Ariane 5 – joining HOT BIRD™ 9 on the workhorse launcher’s sixth, and final, flight in 2008.

The W2M platform will provide television and radio broadcasting across Europe, and it also carries one steerable beam that can be re-oriented in orbit according to market requirements.  Weighing approximately 3,460 kg. at liftoff, the spacecraft will be positioned at an orbital slot of 16 deg. East following its Ariane 5 launch.

W2M is the product of an alliance between Europe’s EADS Astrium and the ANTRIX commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).  ANTRIX/ISRO supplied the satellite bus, and also was responsible the spacecraft’s integration and test before its shipment to French Guiana.  EADS Astrium is prime contractor in charge of overall W2M program management, and the company also designed and built the communications payload.

W2M will typically operate 26 transponders in Ku-band, with the capacity for up to 32 depending on operational modes. It has a designed operational lifetime of more than 15 years"

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The W2M satellite begins its processing at Europe’s Spaceport for the next Ariane 5 mission


October 22, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/536.asp
 
Eutelsat’s W2M satellite has begun its pre-launch processing at the Spaceport as preparations move into full swing for the upcoming Arianespace launch with a heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA.

The spacecraft will be part of a dual Eutelsat payload for the next Ariane 5 mission, joining the European telecommunications provider’s HOT BIRDTM 9 satellite on the same launch vehicle.

W2M was developed by a European-Indian alliance of EADS Astrium and ANTRIX (the commercial arm of ISRO – the Indian Space Research Organisation), and will have a lift-off mass of 3,460 kg.  The spacecraft is based on ISRO’s I-3K satellite bus, and will have a span of 15.7 meters when its solar panels are fully deployed in orbit.

Positioned at an orbital slot of 16 deg. East, W2M will typically operate 26 transponders in Ku-band, and up to 32 depending on operational modes. 

As with Eutelsat’s other W-series satellites, W2M was designed for flexibility – being able to deliver a wide range of services from television broadcasting to data networks and broadband.   The W2M’s fixed beam will cover Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, while its steerable beam can be re-oriented in-orbit according to market requirements – notably towards Africa and central Asia.

The upcoming Ariane 5 mission will be Arianespace’s wrap-up flight for 2008, and follows five other highly successful launches that orbited eight telecommunications satellites and the Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle for the International Space Station.

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Arianespace receives its sixth Ariane 5 for launch in 2008
October 27, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/537.asp (with photo)

"The sixth Ariane 5 of 2008 has been accepted by Arianespace following its transfer to the Final Assembly Building at Europe’s Spaceport, where the launch vehicle’s dual-satellite payload will be integrated.

This heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA is scheduled for liftoff before the end of 2008, carrying two satellites for European telecommunications provider Eutelsat: HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M.

The Ariane 5 underwent its initial build-up in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, where the core cryogenic stage, two solid propellant boosters, upper stage and vehicle equipment bay were assembled.  After completion, Ariane 5 industrial prime contractor Astrium delivered the vehicle to Arianespace for payload installation, final checkout and launch.

For Arianespace’s upcoming dual-payload mission at the service of Eutelsat, the HOT BIRD 9 and W2M satellite passengers will have a combined liftoff weight of approximately 8,340 kg"

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The W2M satellite “spreads its wings” at the Spaceport
October 30, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/539.asp (with images)

"Preparations for the W2M satellite’s upcoming Ariane 5 launch included a test deployment of the spacecraft’s solar panels this week in clean room conditions at the Spaceport in French Guiana"

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The W2M satellite “spreads its wings” at the Spaceport
October 30, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/539.asp (with images)

"Preparations for the W2M satellite’s upcoming Ariane 5 launch included a test deployment of the spacecraft’s solar panels this week in clean room conditions at the Spaceport in French Guiana"
I would like to see pictures of the damaged solar array during the deployment test.   Rumor has it, someone hit it with a forklift.  I guess the "Alliance" of Ariane and Sea Launch must be coordinating their spacecraft processing procedures.....

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The W2M satellite “spreads its wings” at the Spaceport
October 30, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/539.asp (with images)

"Preparations for the W2M satellite’s upcoming Ariane 5 launch included a test deployment of the spacecraft’s solar panels this week in clean room conditions at the Spaceport in French Guiana"
I would like to see pictures of the damaged solar array during the deployment test.   Rumor has it, someone hit it with a forklift.  I guess the "Alliance" of Ariane and Sea Launch must be coordinating their spacecraft processing procedures.....

Does this mean a long delay for Eutelsat W2M? (like Measat 3A)

Note: Looks like there is no problem according to latest mission update.
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Fueling of HOT BIRD TM 9 is performed in preparation for its Ariane 5 launch for Eutelsat

November 7, 2008

Satellite preparations for Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 launch are moving into their final phase with the fueling HOT BIRD™ 9 – which is one of two passengers to be orbited on this mission for the Eutelsat telecommunications operator.

HOT BIRD 9 was “topped off” today in the S5A fueling hall, which is located in the center of the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation building.  The satellite will join Eutelsat’s W2M spacecraft on Ariane 5’s year-end flight from French Guiana, closing out Arianespace’s launch activity for 2008.

Built by EADS Astrium, HOT BIRD 9 carries a payload of 64 Ku-band transponders and will have a liftoff mass of 4,880 kg.  Its high emission power will support the relay of digital and new high-definition TV channels – along with interactive services – for reception by small direct-to-home antennas, as well distribution through cable and community networks.  The coverage area is throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

The three-axis stabilized satellite is designed for an operational lifetime of more than 15 years, with an end-of-life power of 14.5 kW.  After its launch by Ariane 5, HOT BIRD 9 will be positioned at Eutelsat’s premium video neighborhood orbital slot of 13 deg. East.

HOT BIRD 9’s co-passenger on the upcoming Ariane 5 mission is W2M, a television and radio broadcast satellite for Eutelsat coverage across Europe.  It also carries a steerable beam that can be re-oriented in orbit according to market requirements.

W2M will have a mass of approximately 3,460 kg. at liftoff,  and is to be positioned at an orbital slot of 16 deg. East.   The satellite was developed by a European-Indian alliance of EADS Astrium and ANTRIX (the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/541.asp (with photo)

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The W2M satellite “spreads its wings” at the Spaceport
October 30, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/539.asp (with images)

"Preparations for the W2M satellite’s upcoming Ariane 5 launch included a test deployment of the spacecraft’s solar panels this week in clean room conditions at the Spaceport in French Guiana"
I would like to see pictures of the damaged solar array during the deployment test.   Rumor has it, someone hit it with a forklift.  I guess the "Alliance" of Ariane and Sea Launch must be coordinating their spacecraft processing procedures.....

Does this mean a long delay for Eutelsat W2M? (like Measat 3A)

Note: Looks like there is no problem according to latest mission update.
No, the mission update only discussed the status of Hotbird and is silent on the W2M incident.

It is believed that the panel can be repaired and the damaged solar cells replaced.  These repairs will need to be done by personel from ISRO.  Still some issues as to how quickly the ISRO technicians can get their VISA's and travel to the launch site to work on the repairs.

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HOT BIRD™ 9 starts its integration with Ariane 5 launch vehicle hardware
November 18, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/542.asp (with photo)
 
"The dual-satellite payload for Arianespace’s sixth mission of 2008 is beginning its integration process with launcher hardware as preparations move forward for the year-end flight of HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M at the service of Europe’s telecommunications operator, Eutelsat.

These activities include the installation of HOT BIRD 9 on its cone-shape adapter unit, which functions as the interface between the satellite and its Ariane 5. The integration occurred this week inside the S5 payload integration building at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

HOT BIRD 9 was built by EADS Astrium, and is configured with 64 Ku-band transponders. With a liftoff mass of 4,880 kg., the satellite’s high power output power will be used for digital and new high-definition TV channels, as well as interactive services. Its transmissions will be received by small direct-to-home antennas, and also are to be distributed through cable and community networks. The coverage area extends throughout Europe, and also reaches North Africa and the Middle East.

After deployment from the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA, HOT BIRD 9 will be positioned at Eutelsat’s premium video neighborhood orbital slot of 13 deg. East."

Arianespace launch with HOT BIRDTM 9 and W2M: Liftoff is set for Wednesday, December 10
Evry, France, November 19, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2008/19-11-08-Hotbird9-W2M-launchdate-set.asp

"On its sixth launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit two communications satellites: HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M for the European operator Eutelsat.
 
Liftoff of the Ariane 5 is set for the night of Wednesday, December 10 at the opening of the following launch window:
From 6:35 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., local time in Kourou, French Guiana,
From 4:35 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
From 9:35 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. UTC,
From 10:35 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. in Paris,
From 6:35 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in Tokyo, on December 11."

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http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2008/28-11-08-Hotbird9-W2M-launchdate-postponed.asp

Arianespace: next Ariane 5 launch postponed
Evry, France, November 28, 2008

Due to logistics difficulties in French Guiana, Arianespace has decided to postpone the next Ariane 5 launch, initially scheduled for Wednesday December 10th.

A new launch date will be announced as soon as possible.

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Is this on a day-for-day slip for as long as the protests go on?  Would that put this at NET 19 Dec?

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Due to logistics difficulties in French Guiana

Nice sentence !   ::)
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Now is launchdate defined on December 20

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December 20 is set as the liftoff date for Arianespace’s wrap-up mission of 2008
December 5, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/545.asp

The sixth Ariane 5 mission of 2008 has been set for December 20, 2008, carrying a dual satellite payload for the European telecommunications operator Eutelsat.

It will be Arianespace’s final mission of this year, as well as the 42nd launch of an Ariane 5.

The heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA version will loft HOT BIRD™ 9, which has a liftoff mass of 4,880 kg., along with the 3,460-kg. W2M satellite.
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Eutelsat's W2M spacecraft begins final preparations for the Ariane 5 launch on December 20
December 8, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/546.asp (with photos!)

Integration of the Eutelsat W2M satellite for its upcoming Ariane 5 launch moved into a new phase today with this spacecraft’s installation on the cone-shaped adapter system that serves as its interface with the heavy-lift launch vehicle.

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HOT BIRD™ 9 is prepared for Ariane 5’s upcoming dual-payload mission


December 9, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/547.asp
 
The first satellite for Arianespace’s year-ending mission of 2008 began its final integration phase today, with HOT BIRD™ 9 installed atop the launch vehicle’s dual-payload dispenser at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

HOT BIRD 9 is one of two spacecraft to be orbited for Europe’s Eutelsat telecommunications organization on the December 20 flight, joining W2M aboard the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA.

During this morning's activity inside the Ariane 5 Final Assembly Building at the Spaceport, HOT BIRD 9 was lowered into place atop the SYLDA dispenser (see photo, at right).  This positions the satellite in the upper portion of the payload “stack,” and readies the HOT BIRD 9/SYLDA element to be encapsulated inside the payload fairing.

The next step will be to install W2M on the Ariane 5’s central core stage, after which the HOT BIRD 9/SYLDA/payload fairing combination will be placed over the satellite – completing the launch vehicle.

Arianespace’s December 20 launch with HOT BIRD 9 and W2M will be the sixth flight of the workhorse Ariane 5 in 2008.
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Integration of the HOT BIRD™ 9 payload is completed for Ariane 5's year-end mission

December 10, 2008

 
The upper payload component for Arianespace’s upcoming dual-satellite Ariane 5 mission is now complete at Europe’s Spaceport, following the encapsulation of HOT BIRD™ 9 inside the launcher’s payload fairing.

HOT BIRD 9 will be the upper passenger on Ariane 5’s December 20 mission, and is to be deployed approximately 27 minutes into the flight.  This satellite is mounted atop a SYLDA dispenser system, which will be installed over the second passenger – W2M – to complete the payload “stack” atop the Ariane 5’s core cryogenic stage.

The photo at left shows the encapsulation process, which occurred earlier today in the Ariane 5 Final Assembly Building.  The payload fairing is positioned above the integration rig, ready to be lowered over HOT BIRD 9 and the SLYDA dispenser below it.

Arianespace’s sixth – and final – mission of 2008 will be at the service of European telecommunications operator Eutelsat, which is to operate both the HOT BIRD 9 and W2M satellites.

HOT BIRD 9 was built by EADS Astrium, and will have a liftoff mass of 4,880 kg.  Configured with 64 Ku-band transponders, this high-power satellite will serve as a relay for digital and new high-definition TV channels, as well as interactive services.  From its location at Eutelsat’s premium video neighborhood orbital slot of 13 deg. East, HOT BIRD 9’s coverage area is to extend throughout Europe, and also reach North Africa and the Middle East. 

W2M was developed by a European-Indian alliance of EADS Astrium and ANTRIX (the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation), and is to have a liftoff mass of 3,460 kg.  The spacecraft will be positioned at an orbital slot of 16 deg., providing both television and radio broadcasting services.


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Final payload integration begins on Ariane 5 for its sixth flight of 2008

December 11, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/549.asp
 
Preparations for Arianespace’s year-end launch of 2008 entered their final phase today with the startup of payload integration on the Ariane 5 at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

During activity in the Ariane 5 Final Assembly Building this morning, the W2M satellite was installed atop the launcher’s core cryogenic stage.  W2M is one of two satellites to be orbited on December 20 for the European-based Eutelsat telecommunications provider, along with its HOT BIRD™ 9 relay platform.

W2M is a multi-national spacecraft, developed and produced by a European-Indian alliance of EADS Astrium and ANTRIX (the commercial arm of ISRO – the Indian Space Research Organisation).  Astrium is prime contractor, with responsibility for overall program management and the satellite’s communications payload.   ISRO provided the satellite bus – which is based on the flight-proven I-3K spacecraft design – and also handled W2M’s integration and testing.   

Liftoff mass of W2M will be 3,460 kg., and the spacecraft has an operating lifetime of more than 15 years.  After its deployment by Ariane 5, W2M is to be positioned at an orbital slot of 16 deg. East.  It will typically operate 26 transponders in Ku-band, and up to 32 depending on the selected operational modes. 

The satellite is designed to deliver a wide range of services, from television broadcasting to data networks and broadband. Its fixed beam covers Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and the steerable beam is capable of being re-oriented in orbit to meet market requirements – notably for Africa and central Asia.

Joining W2M on Ariane 5’s December 20 launch is the 4,880-kg. HOT BIRD 9 spacecraft, which was built by Astrium and is configured with 64 Ku-band transponders.  This high-power satellite will handle relay duties for digital and new high-definition TV channels, as well as interactive services.  To be located at Eutelsat’s premium video neighborhood orbital slot of 13 deg. East, HOT BIRD 9 will provide coverage throughout Europe, and also is to reach North Africa and the Middle East.

Launch Window:

Kourou, French Guiana:
From 6:51 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. on December 20, 2008

UTC:
From 9:51 p.m. to 10:50 p.m. on December 20, 2008

Paris, France:
From 10:51 p.m. to 11:50 p.m. on December 20, 2008

 
Washington, D.C., USA:
From 4:51 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. on December 20, 2008



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Arianespace’s sixth Ariane 5 of 2008 completes its assembly at the Spaceport in French Guiana
December 15, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/550.asp (with photo)
 
Ariane 5’s payload fairing with the HOT BIRD 9 satellite is lowered into position over W2M, which is installed atop the launch vehicle.
 
The final checkout of Arianespace’s sixth Ariane 5 for launch in 2008 is now underway following the completion of payload integration for its two Eutelsat satellite passengers.

This mission’s upper spacecraft – HOT BIRD™ 9 – was positioned atop Ariane 5 last Friday, forming the dual payload “stack.”  HOT BIRD 9 is encapsulated in the Ariane 5’s protective payload fairing, and has been mounted atop a SYLDA payload dispenser system.  Positioned below HOT BIRD 9 is the W2M spacecraft, which was integrated December 11 on Ariane 5’s core cryogenic stage.

Liftoff for Arianespace’s year-ending mission is scheduled December 20 at the start of a 59-minute launch window that opens at 6:51 p.m. local time in French Guiana.

Ariane 5’s payload lift performance on the upcoming flight is 9,220 kg. – which includes the satellite’s combined 8,340 kg. mass, along with the accompanying integration hardware and the SYLDA dispenser system.

After its deployment by Ariane 5, HOT BIRD 9 will provide the relay of digital and new high-definition TV channels, along with interactive services.  The satellite is to be placed at Eutelsat’s premium video neighborhood orbital slot of 13 deg. East. 

W2M will be positioned at an orbital slot of 16 deg. East, providing television and radio broadcasting services for Eutelsat.

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December 18, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/551.asp

The go-ahead is given for Arianespace's final Ariane 5 launch of 2008

The sixth Ariane 5 mission of this year was cleared for its December 20 liftoff following today’s launch readiness review, which was held at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

This review is one of the final key milestones of any Ariane 5 launch, and it validated the readiness of Arianespace’s heavy-lift vehicle, its dual satellite payload for Eutelsat, the infrastructure at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and the network of downrange tracking stations.

The approval clears Ariane 5 for its transfer to the ELA-3 launch zone tomorrow, followed by the countdown to liftoff on Saturday at 6:51 p.m. local time at the Spaceport....
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Ariane 5 is poised for liftoff with Eutelsat's HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M satellites

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/552.asp

December 19, 2008

The ELA-3 launch zone at Europe’s Spaceport welcomed its 42nd Ariane 5 today as the heavy-lift vehicle with Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M satellites rolled out for a liftoff tomorrow evening on the final Arianespace mission of 2008.

Sunny skies greeted the Ariane 5 ECA as it departed the Final Assembly Building at 11:00 a.m. for a 2.8-km. transfer to the ELA-3 launch area.  Riding atop one of two mobile launch tables available for Ariane 5 mission operations, the vehicle arrived on the launch pad 1 hr. 15 min. later, where it was secured in place.

Tomorrow’s liftoff is scheduled at the 6:51 p.m. opening of a 59-minute launch window, with the two Eutelsat satellites to be deployed during a flight lasting approximately 32 minutes.

HOT BIRD 9 is installed in the upper position of Ariane 5’s dual payload “stack,” and will be released first during the mission sequence.  This spacecraft was produced by EADS Astrium and carries 64 Ku-band transponders for the broadcast of digital and new high-definition TV channels, as well as interactive services.  After its deployment by Ariane 5, it will be located at Eutelsat’s premium video neighborhood orbital slot of 13 deg. East, with a coverage area extending throughout Europe, as well as to North Africa and the Middle East. 

The W2M satellite, which is carried in Ariane 5’s lower passenger slot, was built by a European-Indian joint effort involving EADS Astrium and ANTRIX (the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation).  W2M will be positioned at an orbital slot of 16 deg. East, and is to provide both television and radio broadcasting services for Eutelsat.

Tomorrow’s Ariane 5 mission will mark the 42nd launch of this workhorse commercial launcher, and is the sixth flight performed by Arianespace in 2008.   

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For this launch, the Ops Director ("DDO") will be Bruno Gilles. It is this guy who tells the fina countdown from the Jupiter 2 control room.
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So again launch window is:

Kourou, French Guiana:
From 6:51 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. on December 20, 2008

UTC:
From 9:51 p.m. to 10:50 p.m. on December 20, 2008

Paris, France:
From 10:51 p.m. to 11:50 p.m. on December 20, 2008

Washington, D.C., USA:
From 4:51 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. on December 20, 2008

live webcast link: http://www.videocorner.tv/index.php?langue=en
it starts 20 minutes before launch
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90 minutes to the webcast.
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Some nice music instead of the usual annoying beeps before the start the webcast :)
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T-15 minutes.
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Target orbit 35786x250 km at 4 degrees.
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T-7 minutes. Synchronized sequence start.
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Are Arianespace much bigger than ULA now?

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T-120 seconds.
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HOLD!
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Spoke too soon. Aborted at T-10 seconds.
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Back to L-7 mins.

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Launch facility problem.

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Standing by to resume count.

Or at least that's what I thought they said...
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59 minute window for tonight.
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I can't help but smile at the stark contrast between the highly choreographed rapid-fire background videos and script right up to t-10 and now.
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59 minute window for tonight.
Yes, which means that the count must be picked up by 2243 UTC to launch at the end of the window at 2250 UTC.
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Countdown has been aborted. Now is T -7 min and countdown is stopped

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The guys hosting the webcast don't seem to know what the problem is (although mention was made about cryogenic fuel levels).  They also said that the guys at launch control were trying to work out what was wrong at this point too, so that suggests an automatic abort by either the ground launch computer or the IU.

They are 'analysing' the 'anomaly'.
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although mention was made about cryogenic fuel levels
No, they were talking about nominal topping operations.

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They seem to be struggling to find something to say... :D
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They seem to be struggling to find something to say... :D

Yeah, I get the impression that an abort at t-10 rather kicked their legs out from underneath them.  Of course, I think it would do that to anyone.  I wonder how NASA's PAO and NASA-TV would handle it... :-\

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Can anyone read the red-highlighted text in the status display on Andrewwski's last screencap?
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It says "Ensemble de lancement", which refers to the ground support equipment, such as the launch table.
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Fuel tank pressure anomaly.
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Arianespace CEO says another attempt in 10-15 mins. Sounds like a first stage LH2 pressure was slightly low?
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Arianespace CEO says another attempt in 10-15 mins. Sounds like a first stage LH2 pressure was slightly low?
first stage or upper stage :)
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Arianespace CEO says another attempt in 10-15 mins. Sounds like a first stage LH2 pressure was slightly low?
first stage or upper stage :)

I think I heard him say the first stage, not sure though.
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I wonder how NASA's PAO and NASA-TV would handle it... :-\

Look up STS-68. IIRC They scrubbed at T-1 second.

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The problem is with the LH2 tank of the first stage, or EPC (Etage Principal Cryotechnique).
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And now an eerie quiet.... :o
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And now an eerie quiet.... :o

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I think that I heard the American webcast presenter say that he was going to try to find more information.  So, time for a jog from the studio down to the launch control room to see if the launch control director has a few seconds to spare in between trying to figure out how to fix the vehicle's problems. :P
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L-7 mins and counting.

Clock resumed as soon as the status went back to green.
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T-7 and counting! "Back in action!"
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Let's try this again then!

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T-6 minutes.  All status panels are green for go.
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T-5.
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T-120 seconds.
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T-60 seconds. Still green, but first stage pressurization still to come.
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T-60 seconds. Go Ariane!
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T-10, still green

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LAUNCH. Into First stage. Roll and pitch.
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Roll complete, Max Q at T+45 seconds.
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Something fell off the rocket at about L+8. Was that just a blanket?

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T+60 seconds.

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Booster sep. Into Second Stage flight.
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SRB sep.
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T+3 mins.
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Fairing sep.
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T+5 minutes
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The last picture is from an old flight. There is not embarked camera on the L543 launcher.
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T+6 minutes. Leveling off for more speed. Velocity 3.78 km/sec.
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Building downrange.

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I can't believe that they broke away from live coverage to a pre-recorded film while the main engines were still firing... :-(
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Acquisition by Natal tracking station.
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Down to 160 km altitude
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Staging, Stage 2 ignition

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EPC separation.
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1-2 sep. Second stage start!
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About 1 minute left until MECO

Correction, the webcast guy was a minute behind.  MECO and upper stage ignition confirmed.
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Around 13 minutes left in the second stage burn.
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At the panel there is "v" for velocity and "a" for altitude. Does anyone know what "s" means? Probably something French?

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Velocity 7.67 km/s, altitude 152.9 km.
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T+14 minutes.

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10 minutes left in the burn. Acquisition by Ascension tracking station.
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+15:30 - Webcast reports 10 minutes to go on upper stage burn.

a = 158km
v = 7.8km/s
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Just gone through 190km altitude at +17.45
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@ + 19 minutes, there are 6 minutes to go on upper stage burn
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300 km !
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T+21 minutes. Now climbing again. About 335 km altitude.
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@ 20 minutes, going through 325km altitude
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Now 400 km altitude, 8.89 km/s speed.
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She's really hauling now! 500 km altitude, 9.05 km/s.
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700 km...
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Second stage shutdown!
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Hot-bird 9 seperation in about 60 seconds

Upper stage shutdown confirmed
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Orientation of ESC-A thanks to the SCAR.
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HB9 separation ! Congratulations Eutelsat !
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Hot Bird 9 sep!
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At the panel there is "v" for velocity and "a" for altitude. Does anyone know what "s" means? Probably something French?

Don't know what it stands for, but it is the inclination.

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Sylda-5 separation
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At the panel there is "v" for velocity and "a" for altitude. Does anyone know what "s" means? Probably something French?

Don't know what it stands for, but it is the inclination.

"S" is for "Site".
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There goes Sylda 5. There will be a fair few of those floating around by now.
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Quiz answer (one of them): V162 on 9/27/03 with Insat-3E, eBird-1, and SMART-1.
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W2M separation. Launch successful.

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W2M Spacecraft Separation.

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W2M sep!
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Yeah, 28th successful launch in a row, go Ariane 5! ;D
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Lots of happy Eutelsat chaps in Paris. They sure can speak ;)
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At the panel there is "v" for velocity and "a" for altitude. Does anyone know what "s" means? Probably something French?

Don't know what it stands for, but it is the inclination.

"S" is for "Site".

Is that the difference between expected and real inclination? Because the're normally flying into 5° or 2° incl. orbits.

And what does "Site = 0 deg" mean?

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Another successful Arianespace launch: HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M in orbit
Kourou, December 20, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2008/20-12-08-HOTBIRD9-W2M-launch-success.asp

On Saturday evening, December 20, Arianespace orbited two communications satellites for the European operator Eutelsat: HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M.

42nd Ariane 5 launch, 28th success in a row, 6th launch in 2008
The latest successful launch of an Ariane 5, the sixth in 2008, confirms that Arianespace’s launch Service & Solutions continue to set the global standard for the major space communications operators and manufacturers.

Ariane 5 is the only commercial heavy launcher in service today capable of simultaneously launching two payloads.

This was the 42nd launch of an Ariane 5 and the 28th successful launch in a row.

Two satellites for one prestigious customer


Arianespace offers the best choice of launch solutions to meet the specific requirements of today’s leading operators.

Arianespace and Eutelsat have teamed up very successfully for over 25 years, with the Ariane launcher lofting more than half of Eutelsat’s fleet. HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M are the 22nd and 23rd Eutelsat satellites launched by Arianespace.

Following the successful launch of HOT BIRD™ 7A in 2006, Arianespace is proud of its role in bolstering Eutelsat’s flagship orbital position at 13 degrees East. Arianespace is scheduled to launch on February 12, 2009 another Eutelsat satellite, HOT BIRD™ 10.

HOT BIRD™ 9/W2M mission at a glance


The mission was carried out by an Ariane 5 ECA launcher from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Liftoff was on Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 7:35 pm local time in Kourou (5:35 pm in Washington, D.C., 22:35 UT, 11:35 pm in Paris, and on Sunday, December 21, at 1:35 am in Moscow, and at 7:35 am in Tokyo).

 HOT BIRD™ 9 was built by Astrium as prime contractor, and weighed 4,880 kg at launch.

Designed to transmit television programs to cable and satellite households in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, HOT BIRDTM 9 is fitted with 64 high-power Ku-band transponders, increasing the company’s operational redundancy at its flagship orbital position of 13 degrees East. HOT BIRDTM 9 is the second in a series of three identical satellites intended for this orbital position; the third satellite, HOT BIRDTM 10, will be launched by Arianespace in 2009.

The W2M satellite was built by a consortium comprising Astrium and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Weighing 3,463 kg at launch, W2M will operate up to 30 transponders. It offers a design life of 15 years.

W2M will allow Eutelsat to offer a wide range of services, including TV broadcasting, data network feeds and broadband access. In addition to fixed-beam coverage of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, it will include a steerable beam for coverage of islands in the Indian Ocean.

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Two Eutelsat satellites are orbited by Arianespace on Ariane 5's 28th consecutive successful mission
December 20, 2008

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Arianespace today completed its ninth year of Ariane 5 operations with another successful dual-payload mission of the workhorse commercial vehicle, orbiting two telecommunications satellites for Europe’s Eutelsat telecommunications operator.

The heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and deployed its HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M passengers during a 32-minute flight.


Payload lift performance for tonight’s launch was approximately 8,340 kg. for the combined weight of the two satellites. 

It brings the total payload mass lofted by Ariane 5’s six missions in 2008 to more than 56,700 kg. – including the 10 civilian and defense telecommunications spacecraft carried to geostationary transfer orbit, as well as the large Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which was placed in a 260-km. circular orbit to service the International Space Station.

This flight was Ariane 5’s 28th consecutive successful mission, demonstrating that “launcher performance, reliability and availability can go hand-in-hand,” said Jean-Yves Le Gall, Arianespace’s Chairman & CEO during post-launch comments at the Spaceport.

“Tonight’s success also underscores the quality of relationship that unites us with Eutelsat, which entrusted us with the simultaneous launch of two of its satellites – and I want to very warmly thank Giuliano Berretta [the CEO of Eutelsat Communications], for his trust,” he added.  “In 2008, we marked the 25th anniversary of our cooperation this year – with HOT BIRD 9 and W2M being the 22nd and 23rd satellites launched by Arianespace for Eutelsat."

Berretta, who was speaking from Paris, congratulated Arianespace for this double success in support of his company’s telecommunications satellite fleet.  “I hope everyone admired this absolutely beautiful liftoff of Ariane and the separation of our two spacecraft.  I would really like to thank Mr. Yves Le Gall for the great successes of the Ariane launcher.”

A smooth climb-out and on-target deployment sequence

During tonight’s mission, ground tracking cameras followed the Ariane 5’s initial trajectory as the launch was broadcast live on www.arianespace.com.  The good visibility over French Guiana provided a view of Ariane 5’s ascent through scattered clouds, followed by the separation of its two solid boosters – which occurred 2 min. 20 sec. into the flight at an altitude of approximately 64 kilometers.

HOT BIRD 9 was installed in the upper position of Ariane 5’s dual payload “stack,” and it was deployed first during the mission sequence at approximately 27 minutes into the mission.  The spacecraft was produced by EADS Astrium and carries 64 Ku-band transponders for the broadcast of digital and new high-definition TV channels, as well as interactive services.   It will be located at Eutelsat’s premium video neighborhood orbital slot of 13 deg. East, providing a coverage area extending throughout Europe, as well as to North Africa and the Middle East. 

The W2M satellite, which was carried in Ariane 5’s lower passenger slot, was built by a European-Indian joint effort involving EADS Astrium and ANTRIX (the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation).  This relay platform was separated from the launcher at just over 32 minutes into the flight.  W2M will be positioned at an orbital slot of 16 deg. East, and is to provide both television and radio broadcasting services for Eutelsat.

This evening’s mission was the 42nd for Ariane 5, which made its first liftoff in 1996.  Arianespace began commercial operations with the launcher on December 10, 1999.

Following the successful launch, Le Gall confirmed that Arianespace is continuing to maintain its market leadership, announcing the signature of two additional Service & Solutions orders: one with U.S. manufacturer Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems for the launch of Japan’s BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R; and the other with EADS Astrium to orbit the SSOT (Sistema Satelital para Observación de la Tierra) Earth observation satellite for the government of Chile.

 “Thanks to the work of each and every member of the Ariane team, Arianespace remained the preferred launch company in 2008,” Le Gall said.  “This year is finishing very well, with our six Ariane 5 missions launching half of all the commercial satellites orbited worldwide in 2008; and Arianespace winning 12 of the total 16 contracts signed this year.”

Arianespace will continue its sustained launch pace in 2008, with the first flight in the New Year planned for February 12.  This will use another heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA version, and is to carry Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ 10 along with the NSS-9 satellite for SES.  In addition, the upcoming launch will orbit two Spirale auxiliary payloads – which are demonstrators for a space-based defense optical early warning system.


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At the panel there is "v" for velocity and "a" for altitude. Does anyone know what "s" means? Probably something French?

Don't know what it stands for, but it is the inclination.

"S" is for "Site".

Is that the difference between expected and real inclination? Because the're normally flying into 5° or 2° incl. orbits.

And what does "Site = 0 deg" mean?

Just checking up on their archived videos, one of them said it was the angle between the vehicle antenna and the tracking station.
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Ariane 5 – Sixth and final launch of 2008

Yesterday evening, an Ariane 5 ECA launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport at Kourou, in French Guiana, on its mission to place two multi-role telecommunications satellites into geostationary transfer orbits.

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMJ1BTTGOF_index_0.html
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Arianespace’s successful year-end mission for Ariane 5: a photo report from the Spaceport

December 20, 2008

Arianespace’s highly accurate mission with HOT BIRDTM 9 and W2M closed out another year of successful operations for Ariane 5, which demonstrated its continued ability to meet the commercial market’s requirements for a capable, reliable and flexible launch vehicle. 

This flight’s final activity is highlighted from yesterday’s rollout of Ariane 5 to its liftoff tonight from the ELA-3 launch zone.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/555.asp
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Official picture of the launch is published here :

http://aerostrats.free.fr/
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Some chest beating about winning 11 of the 15 contracts for medium launch vehicles this year and dominating the upcoming years.

"Thanks to the work of each and every member of the Ariane team, Arianespace remained the preferred launch company in 2008," Le Gall said. "This year is finishing very well, with our six Ariane 5 missions launching half of all the commercial satellites orbited worldwide in 2008; and Arianespace winning 12 of the total 16 contracts competed this year."

http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Ariane_5_Achieves_Another_Successful_Mission_999.html

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This may be chest beating, but it is true: Arianespace is the market leader, with margin, and will so for at least the next few years. EELVs are not: In 2008 Ariane flew 3 times as much as both EELVs combined. Proton and Zenit are next, but both only carry one satellite per flight (as do EELVs).

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This may be chest beating, but it is true: Arianespace is the market leader, with margin, and will so for at least the next few years. EELVs are not: In 2008 Ariane flew 3 times as much as both EELVs combined. Proton and Zenit are next, but both only carry one satellite per flight (as do EELVs).

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Except that Proton is launching its 10th mission this week for the year and with that will have carried 14 satellites.  If you're going to count ESA missions for Ariane, you should count federal missions for Proton...
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Fair point. I didn't realize there were nine Proton missions already. Well, right now they are even :) My post wasn't so much about Ariane, Proton or Zenit, but showing the lack of EELV missions.

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If you're going to count ESA missions for Ariane, you should count federal missions for Proton...

Situations are quite different. Inthe case of an ESA payload on Ariane, ESA is an Arianespace customer, like the other.

Roskosmos and Ministry of Defense are not ILS customers...
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If you're going to count ESA missions for Ariane, you should count federal missions for Proton...

Situations are quite different. Inthe case of an ESA payload on Ariane, ESA is an Arianespace customer, like the other.

Roskosmos and Ministry of Defense are not ILS customers...

So in your opinion, there is a meaningful chance of the "Customer" ESA ever taking its ATV launch business to another supplier?  I think the chance of that is about the same as for the Russian MoD launching a payload on Ariane 5.

At the very least, ESA should be considered as a captive customer for Arianespace.

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So in your opinion, there is a meaningful chance of the "Customer" ESA ever taking its ATV launch business to another supplier?

No, of course ! :-)

I just wanted to remark that Arianespace is making money whatever the payload is.

ILS doesn't make money with a Glonass launch...
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This may be chest beating, but it is true: Arianespace is the market leader, with margin, and will so for at least the next few years. EELVs are not: In 2008 Ariane flew 3 times as much as both EELVs combined. Proton and Zenit are next, but both only carry one satellite per flight (as do EELVs).

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I'm not sure what you mean by "market leader".  If you are talking about straight-up number of launches, this year's "leader" will probably end up being China's Chang Zheng (Long March).  Ten have flown year to date, with one more planned. 

If you mean commercial comsat launches, then Ariane 5 does appear to be this year's leader.  Ariane 5 has "hit its stride", having flown 22 times in the past four calendar years.

Kourou is currently tied with Plesetsk as the world's second-busiest orbital launch site this year, with six launches well trailing Baikonur's eighteen (remember when Russia was going to abandon the place?).  Sea Launch Odyssey was the fourth-busiest "site", with five launches.     

As for the U.S., the dearth of EELV flights has been noted (only two in 2008 and only 14 during the past four years).  The Republic of the Marshall Islands Kwajalein Atoll hosted more orbital launch attempts than Cape Canaveral in 2008.  The Cape only ranked fourth among U.S. orbital launch sites during the year!

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Re: Eutelsat W2M failure
« Reply #189 on: 01/28/2009 11:05 pm »
Eutelsat W2M has failed

Evidently hitting the Eutelsat W2M spacecraft with a forklift at the Ariane spacecraft processing facility caused more damage after all.

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Bad luck in GEO huh? DSP 23, Astra 5A, and now this. GOES-12 was acting up a few weeks ago too.
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You know what they say about bad things happening in threes.....

Is there a common thread between these failures?  Has anything changed in the geostationary orbit environment (more radiation?)  Or is this just "bad luck"?
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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I was reading engineering officials blame Antrix Isro Corp for the fault

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very old thread!

Hotbird-9 aka Hotbird-13C (probably renamed again soon) has moved to 12.5 deg W.
At 13 deg E, Hotbird-13G has taken over the transmissions.
Surprising is, that Hotbird-13C the north/south correction may have stopped after the move.
The inclination is increasing, currently 0.18 deg.

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