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Mission overview:
ASTRA 5B will extend transponder capacity and geographical reach over Eastern European and neighbouring markets for DTH, direct-to- cable and contribution feeds to digital terrestrial television networks. It will also carry a hosted L-band payload for the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).
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it will be satellite on 31.5e replace astra 1g
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The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s fifth heavy-lift mission of 2013 arrives in French Guiana

August 6, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA216
 

Another heavy-lift Ariane 5 has been delivered to French Guiana as Arianespace maintains its commercial mission pace in 2013 with the company’s launcher family.

The latest Ariane 5 was delivered yesterday by the MN Toucan, which is one of two roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ships that transport Arianespace’s Soyuz, Ariane 5 and Vega vehicles from Europe to the company’s South America operating base.  Its elements were unloaded at Pariacabo Port adjacent to the city of Kourou, positioning them for the transfer by road to the nearby Spaceport.

This new launcher will be used for Flight VA216 – the fifth mission planned in 2013 with the workhorse Ariane 5 from French Guiana.  Previous heavy-lift flights performed during the year were Flight VA214, which orbited the Alphasat and INSAT-3D satellites on July 25; Flight VA213, carrying the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Albert Einstein on June 5; and Flight VA212, orbiting the Amazonas 3 and Azerspace/Africasat-1a spacecraft on February 7.

Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 launch, designated Flight VA215, is targeted for August 29 to orbit the Eutelsat 25B/Es’hail-1 and GSAT-7 payloads.  Initial vehicle build-up has been completed at the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building for Ariane 5, readying it for rollout to the Final Assembly Building. Once this move occurs, the Launcher Integration Building will be available for assembly start-up with the newly-delivered Ariane 5 for Flight VA216.

In addition to the heavy-lift Ariane 5 launch activity during 2013 at the Spaceport, Arianespace also performed a Vega mission from French Guiana on May 7, which carried the Proba-V, VNREDSat-1 and ESTCube-1 spacecraft; and a June 25 flight with Soyuz that lofted a cluster of four O3b Networks satellites. 

Completing Arianespace’s activity to date was a Soyuz flight from Baikonur Cosmodrome, performed on February 6 by the company’s Starsem affiliate.

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This mission will launch Amazonas 4A in the lower berth and is currently scheduled for December.  The thread title should be updated.

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EPC arrival (5th of August)
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Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission will serve two key customers: SES and HISPASAT

October 1, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA216

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s next dual-payload heavy-lift mission has begun its assembly at the Spaceport for a mid-December launch with telecommunications satellites from two established customers: Luxembourg-based SES and Spain’s HISPASAT.

As with the 71 Ariane 5s previously launched from French Guiana, this vehicle’s build-up employed a well-established integration flow, with the core cryogenic stage being positioned over one of two operational launch tables, followed by rollout and mating of the two solid propellant boosters.

These steps will be followed by positioning of the cryogenic upper stage and vehicle equipment bay as a single unit atop the core stage, completing the initial assembly process in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building. The Ariane 5 then will be transferred to the Final Assembly Building for installation of both satellite passengers.

The December mission is designated Flight VA216 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, representing the 216th liftoff of an Ariane since this series of vehicles began operation in 1979.

Riding in the upper position of Ariane 5’s payload “stack” will be ASTRA 5B, which is to extend SES’ transponder capacity and geographical reach over Eastern European and neighboring markets for direct-to-home, direct-to-cable and contribution feeds to digital terrestrial television networks.

Built by Astrium, ASTRA 5B also carries a hosted L-band payload for the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). With a design lifetime of 15 years, ASTRA 5B will have an estimated liftoff mass of 5,800 kg. and is to be positioned at an orbital location of 31.5 deg. East.

Astra 5B’s launch is within the scope of SES’ Multi-Launch Agreement with Arianespace, representing the exceptional relationship established by these two companies over the past two decades.

The lower passenger on Arianespace’s Flight VA216 is HISPASAT’s Amazonas 4A, to be located at an orbital position 61 deg. West after its deployment by the Ariane 5. This Orbital Sciences Corporation-produced telecommunications platform will enhance HISPASAT’s relay capacity over Latin America to provide an extended range of communications and television services. With a launch mass of 3,000 kg., Amazonas 4A has a design lifespan of 15 years.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1099.asp
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Ariane 5 arrives at the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building for payload installation

October 24, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA216

Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 for launch during 2013 is now set to receive its two satellite passengers after this heavy-lift vehicle’s transfer to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building in French Guiana.

The Ariane 5 rolled out this week from the Launcher Integration Building – where its core cryogenic stage, two solid boosters and cryogenic upper stage were assembled by prime contractor Astrium Space Transportation – to the Final Assembly Building for delivery to Arianespace.

Now under Arianespace’s responsibility, the Ariane 5 is positioned for integration of its ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A payloads – which will be followed by the final verifications and subsequent transfer to the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone for a December liftoff.

This upcoming mission is designated Flight VA216 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, signifying the 216th liftoff of an Ariane since this series of vehicles began operation in 1979.

ASTRA 5B – the upper passenger in Ariane 5’s payload “stack” – was built by Astrium for Luxembourg-based SES. Once in orbit, it will extend the operator’s transponder capacity and geographic reach over Eastern European and neighboring markets for direct-to-home, direct-to-cable and contribution feeds to digital terrestrial television networks.

With an estimated liftoff mass of 5,800 kg., ASTRA 5B also carries a hosted L-band payload for the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and will operate from an orbital position of 31.5 deg. East.

Ariane 5’s lower passenger, the Orbital Sciences Corporation-produced Amazonas 4A, is to enhance Spanish operator HISPASAT’s relay capacity over Latin America to provide an extended range of communications and television services.

Amazonas 4A – which is to weigh approximately 6,200 kg. at liftoff – will be located at a 61 deg. West orbital slot following its deployment by Ariane 5, positioning this telecommunications platform for coverage across the entire American continent, along with Europe and North Africa.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1103.asp

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This launch has been moved up to December 6:

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Arianespace launches VA216 and VS06 scheduled respectively for December 6 and 20, 2013

To allow the Gaia program to carry out additional checks on its satellite, Arianespace has switched the order of its two upcoming launches, with full agreement of its customers, moving the Ariane 5 ECA mission for SES and Hispasat ahead of the Soyuz launch for ESA.

Arianespace is now able to announce the planned dates of its next two launches, thanks to the combined efforts of the teams in charge of preparing the Gaia, ASTRA 5B and AMAZONAS 4A satellites, the teams in charge of the Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers and the staff at the Guiana Space Center, CNES in particular, responsible for optimizing launch preparations:

VA216 – Ariane 5 ECA – Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A – December 6
VS06 – Soyuz – Gaia – December 20
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This launch has been moved up to December 6:

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Arianespace launches VA216 and VS06 scheduled respectively for December 6 and 20, 2013

To allow the Gaia program to carry out additional checks on its satellite, Arianespace has switched the order of its two upcoming launches, with full agreement of its customers, moving the Ariane 5 ECA mission for SES and Hispasat ahead of the Soyuz launch for ESA.

Arianespace is now able to announce the planned dates of its next two launches, thanks to the combined efforts of the teams in charge of preparing the Gaia, ASTRA 5B and AMAZONAS 4A satellites, the teams in charge of the Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers and the staff at the Guiana Space Center, CNES in particular, responsible for optimizing launch preparations:

VA216 – Ariane 5 ECA – Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A – December 6
VS06 – Soyuz – Gaia – December 20

According to http://www.spaceflightnow.com/tracking/index.html the launch window for the day remains at 21:57-23:03 UTC.
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Arianespace’s Ariane 5 launch with ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A is scheduled for December 6
 
October 29, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA216

Arianespace has moved up the launch date for its next Ariane 5 mission, which is now set to lift off on December 6 from the Spaceport in French Guiana.

This Ariane 5 flight will orbit a pair of telecommunications satellites from two established customers: SES’ ASTRA 5B and the Amazonas 4A satellite for HISPASAT. The mission’s heavy-lift launcher currently is located in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, where it was transferred last week for the integration of its dual-passenger payload.

The December 6 mission is designated Flight VA216 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, representing the 216th liftoff of an Ariane since this series of vehicles began operation in 1979.

Its scheduling allows additional checks to be made on the payload for Arianespace’s following mission – Flight VS06, using a medium-lift Soyuz launcher – which has been set for December 20.  The passenger for Flight VS06 is the European Space Agency’s Gaia star-mapping spacecraft, which requires the modification of two transponders that generate timing signals for downlinking its science telemetry.  Replacing components in the transponders resulted in a delay that puts Flight VS06’s liftoff after the launch of Arianespace Flight VA216.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1104.asp
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SES: ASTRA 5B SATELLITE LAUNCH CAMPAIGN KICKED OFF IN KOUROU

06.11.2013
 
ARIANE 5 LAUNCH SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 6, 2013

Luxembourg, November 6th, 2013 – SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announces that the ASTRA 5B satellite has safely arrived at the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana. The spacecraft is now being processed for launch on board an Ariane 5 rocket scheduled for lift-off December 6, 2013.

ASTRA 5B was built by EADS Astrium in Toulouse, France, based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. The satellite will be located at the orbital position of 31.5 degrees East and is equipped with 40 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent) as well as 6 Ka-band transponders. ASTRA 5B will extend SES' transponder capacity and geographical reach over Eastern European and neighbouring markets for DTH, direct-to-cable and contribution feeds to digital terrestrial television networks. The spacecraft also carries a hosted L-band payload for the European Commission's European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).

ASTRA 5B will have a launch mass of 6 tonnes, a wingspan of 40m once its solar arrays are deployed in orbit, and a spacecraft power of 13kW at the end of its 15-year design lifetime.

ASTRA 5B will be the eighth Eurostar satellite in the SES fleet, following the recent successful launches of ASTRA 2F in September 2012, SES-6 in June 2013, and ASTRA 2E in September 2013. One more Eurostar E3000 for SES (ASTRA 2G) is currently in final integration and tests in Astrium facilities.

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http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1109.asp

November 7, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA216

Payload preparations for Arianespace’s next heavy-lift mission are ready to move into gear as the ASTRA 5B satellite has arrived in French Guiana.
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Ariane 5 launch with SES Astra 5B & Hispasat Amazonas 4A, planned for early Dec, delayed until after new year following Amazonas issue.

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SES: ASTRA 5B LAUNCH DELAY DUE TO UNAVAILIBILITY OF CO-PASSENGER SATELLITE

13.11.2013

Luxembourg, November 13th, 2013 – SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announces that Arianespace informed the company that the launch of the ASTRA 5B satellite will be delayed to January 2014.
 
The reason is the non-availability of ASTRA 5B's co-passenger satellite for launch on board an Ariane 5 booster from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana, previously scheduled for December 6, 2013.
 
The ASTRA 5B spacecraft, which arrived in Kourou on November 6, 2013 in order to be readied for launch, will now be put into safe storage until the launch preparations can resume.
 
ASTRA 5B was built by EADS Astrium in Toulouse, France, based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. The satellite will be located at the orbital position of 31.5 degrees East and is equipped with 40 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent) as well as 6 Ka-band transponders. ASTRA 5B will extend SES' transponder capacity and geographical reach over Eastern European and neighbouring markets for DTH, direct-to-cable and contribution feeds to digital terrestrial television networks. The spacecraft also carries a hosted L-band payload for the European Commission's European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).
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Arianespace Flight VA216: Launch postponed
Evry, November 13, 2013

Hispasat has informed Arianespace that its Amazonas 4A satellite, one of the two payloads being carried by Arianespace flight VA216, originally scheduled for December 6, requires additional verifications.

The Ariane 5 launch is therefore postponed and a new launch date will be announced as soon as possible.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2013/11-13-2013-VA216-launch-postponed.asp
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A fine example of the very reason why Ariane 6 will be capable of launching only one comsat at a time.

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ASTRA-5B fit check
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Hi!
This is not a flight adapter, so cannot be a picture of the fitcheck  ;)

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Hi!
This is not a flight adapter, so cannot be a picture of the fitcheck  ;)
It is likely picture of them about to move the SC to the flight adaptor.

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Hi!
This is not a flight adapter, so cannot be a picture of the fitcheck  ;)

1. this description came from Arianespace, so complain to them
2. a fitcheck isn't always with flight hardware

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1. Agree ! Although it wasn't a complain, just a (maniac) correction  ;)
2. Huh ? Any interest of performing a fitcheck with non flight HW at the launch site ?

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Arianespace: first Ariane 5 launches in 2014

Kourou, December 19, 2013


Just a few hours after the successful launch of the European Space Agency Gaia satellite, Arianespace can confirm the dates of its first two Ariane 5 launches for 2014.

* 23 January 2014, an Ariane 5 ECA (VA217) will place into orbit two telecommunications satellites: ABS-2 for ABS and ATHENA-FIDUS for Telespazio, for the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI).

* 19 February 2014, the VA216 launch vehicle will place into orbit ASTRA 5B for SES and AMAZONAS 4A for Hispasat.

Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace said that he “would like to thank the clients of these two launches for their trust, and in particular the Luxembourg operator SES for accepting the February launch. The excellent collaboration between our teams has enabled us to plan these two missions for the early weeks of 2014. Once again Arianespace has shown commitment and flexibility in serving its clients."

http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2013/12-19-2013.asp

So VA217 will now go ahead of VA216 - when was the last time there was such a swap in Arianespace history?
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The following launch,

VA216, carrying the Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A satellites, is scheduled for March 7, 2014.
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Amazonas 4A is prepared for Arianespace's second Ariane 5 flight of 2014

February 13, 2014 – Ariane Flight VA216

Pre-launch checkout is now underway in French Guiana with Amazonas 4A, one of two satellite passengers to be orbited on Arianespace's next mission with its workhorse heavy-lift Ariane 5 – which is scheduled for liftoff on March 7.

HISPASAT’s Amazonas 4A satellite is now at the Spaceport for its March 7 liftoff on Ariane 5.

Amazonas 4A currently is in the Spaceport's S1B clean room facility, having been removed from the shipping container that protected this spacecraft during its voyage to French Guiana aboard a chartered cargo jetliner earlier this month.

Designed and built by Orbital Sciences Corporation based on its GEOStar™-2 platform, Amazonas 4A will provide enhanced relay capacity over Latin America and an extended range of communications and television services for operator HISPASAT. After deployment by Ariane 5, it will operate from an orbital position of 61 deg. West.

Amazonas 4A is outfitted with 24 Ku-band active transponders for its mission, and has a liftoff mass of approximately 3,000 kg. The spacecraft offers a design life set at 15 years.

Joining Amazonas 4A on Ariane 5's upcoming flight is the Airbus Defence and Space-built ASTRA 5B satellite, which will extend operator SES’ transponder capacity and geographical reach over Eastern Europe and neighboring markets – delivering direct-to-home, direct-to-cable and contribution feeds to digital terrestrial television networks. It also carries a hosted L-band payload for the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).

The March 7 launch continues a busy year of mission activity for Arianespace, which was kicked off February 6 with another Ariane 5 dual-passenger success that orbited ABS-2 and Athena-Fidus. It will be the second of up to 12 Arianespace flights planned from the Spaceport in 2014, which would set an operational record for the company.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2014/1131.asp

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Amazonas 4A is prepared for Arianespace's second Ariane 5 flight of 2014

The March 7 launch continues a busy year of mission activity for Arianespace, which was kicked off February 6 with another Ariane 5 dual-passenger success that orbited ABS-2 and Athena-Fidus. It will be the second of up to 12 Arianespace flights planned from the Spaceport in 2014, which would set an operational record for the company.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2014/1131.asp

Is this right? In 2000 they had 12 successful launches, with a mix of Ariane 4s and 5s. There were also 12 launches in 2002, but with one failure (V-157).

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Amazonas 4A is prepared for Arianespace's second Ariane 5 flight of 2014

The March 7 launch continues a busy year of mission activity for Arianespace, which was kicked off February 6 with another Ariane 5 dual-passenger success that orbited ABS-2 and Athena-Fidus. It will be the second of up to 12 Arianespace flights planned from the Spaceport in 2014, which would set an operational record for the company.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2014/1131.asp

Is this right? In 2000 they had 12 successful launches, with a mix of Ariane 4s and 5s. There were also 12 launches in 2002, but with one failure (V-157).

I will ask, but this has been noted before in the previous launch thread, indeed 2000 had 12 launches, also 2002 (or 11 if you don't count with the one failed)


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Ariane Flight VA216: Ariane 5 ECA – ASTRA 5B – Amazonas 4A launch postponed
http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2014/2-14-2014-VA216-launch-postponed.asp

Evry, February 14, 2014

In order to allow Hispasat to perform complementary checks on the Amazonas 4A satellite, Arianespace has rescheduled the launch of this mission– originally scheduled for March 7.

A new date for the mission will be announced very soon.

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Here is the slightly troubled child on arrival in Cayenne
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Ariane Flight VA216: Ariane 5 ECA – ASTRA 5B – Amazonas 4A launch postponed
http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2014/2-14-2014-VA216-launch-postponed.asp

Evry, February 14, 2014

In order to allow Hispasat to perform complementary checks on the Amazonas 4A satellite, Arianespace has rescheduled the launch of this mission– originally scheduled for March 7.

A new date for the mission will be announced very soon.

I assume that will delay the Sentinel 1 launch too?
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Ariane Flight VA216: Ariane 5 ECA – ASTRA 5B – Amazonas 4A launch postponed
http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2014/2-14-2014-VA216-launch-postponed.asp

Evry, February 14, 2014

In order to allow Hispasat to perform complementary checks on the Amazonas 4A satellite, Arianespace has rescheduled the launch of this mission– originally scheduled for March 7.

A new date for the mission will be announced very soon.

I assume that will delay the Sentinel 1 launch too?

it might, depends on what the new launch date for VA216 is, Arianespace is trying to cut down on range re-config time between A5 and Soyuz to around 2 weeks (which they have done before already btw)
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the launch will can be q3 on febuary ?

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I'm hearing end of March...

which means VS07 (sentinel) will most likely have a delay...
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Orbital-built Amazonas 4A suspect component replacement now at launch base, liftoff w/ SES Astra 5B on Ariane 5 set for March 21.

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http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2014/2-24-2014-VA216-launchdate.asp

Evry, France, February 24, 2014

The checks on the Amazonas 4A satellite are proceeding nominally, enabling Arianespace to announce the launch date for the ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A satellites.

Liftoff of the Ariane 5 ECA launcher is now set for the night of Friday, March 21, as early as possible in the following launch window:

From 7:05 p.m. to 8:14 p.m., local time in Kourou, French Guiana
From 5:05 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. in Washington D.C.
From 10:05 p.m. to 11:14 p.m. UTC, on Saturday
From 11:05 p.m. to 00:14 a.m. in Paris, during the night of Friday, March 21 to Saturday, March 22.

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http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2014/2-24-2014-VA216-launchdate.asp

Evry, France, February 24, 2014

The checks on the Amazonas 4A satellite are proceeding nominally, enabling Arianespace to announce the launch date for the ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A satellites.

Liftoff of the Ariane 5 ECA launcher is now set for the night of Friday, March 21, as early as possible in the following launch window:

From 7:05 p.m. to 8:14 p.m., local time in Kourou, French Guiana
From 5:05 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. in Washington D.C.
From 10:05 p.m. to 11:14 p.m. UTC, on Saturday
From 11:05 p.m. to 00:14 a.m. in Paris, during the night of Friday, March 21 to Saturday, March 22.

UTC time ist still on Friday (it is correct on http://www.arianespace.com/news/mission-status.asp).
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ASTRA 5B is delivered to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building for integration on its Ariane 5 launcher

March 13, 2014 – Ariane Flight VA216

The ASTRA 5B satellite, one of two passengers for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission, has been delivered to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building – marking a step in payload integration.

ASTRA 5B – built by Airbus Defence and Space for global satellite operator SES – was transported this week from the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility, where the spacecraft underwent pre-flight checkout and received its fuel load. The transfer took place at night in order to reduce thermal loads on the satellite.

After deployment by Ariane 5, ASTRA 5B will extend SES’ transponder capacity and geographical reach over Eastern Europe and neighboring markets, delivering direct-to-home, direct-to-cable and contribution feeds to digital terrestrial television networks. The spacecraft also carries a hosted L-band payload for the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).

ASTRA 5B will be joined on the upcoming flight by HISPASAT’s Amazonas 4A satellite – which will provide enhanced relay capacity over Latin America and an extended range of communications and television services. Amazonas 4A was produced by Orbital Sciences Corporation.

The upcoming Ariane 5 mission – designated VA216 in Arianespace’s numbering system – is set for March 21 from the Spaceport, with liftoff scheduled to occur during a launch window opening at 7:05 local time in French Guiana.

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RAL approved the launch.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2014/1142.asp


The go-ahead is given for Arianespace’s Ariane 5 mission with ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A

March 19, 2014 – Ariane Flight VA216

Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 flight of 2014 has been approved for its March 21 liftoff following today’s successful launch readiness review, which was performed at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

The review is held prior to each Ariane 5 mission, ensuring that the heavy-lift vehicle and its payload are flight-ready, along with the Spaceport’s infrastructure and the network of downrange tracking stations.

With today’s “green light,” Ariane 5 is now cleared for its March 20 rollout from the Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone – where it will be readied for liftoff on Friday during a launch window opening at 7:05 p.m. local time in French Guiana.

The payload lift performance for Arianespace’s latest Ariane 5 mission is more than 9,575 kg., which includes some 8,755 kg. for its two satellite passengers – ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A – along with the launcher’s dual-payload dispenser system and satellite integration hardware.

Riding in the Ariane 5 payload “stack’s” upper position is ASTRA 5B, which was built by Airbus Defence and Space for SES, and will operate from a 31.5 deg. East orbital slot. Based on the Eurostar E3000 platform, this spacecraft will be deployed first during the 34-minute flight sequence and is outfitted with 40 Ku-band and 6 Ka-band transponders.

Amazonas 4A is installed in the payload stack’s lower position, and its deployment by Ariane 5 will mark the mission’s completion. The Orbital Sciences Corporation-produced satellite, which is equipped with 24 Ku-band transponders, will be operated by HISPASAT from an orbital position of 61 deg. West.


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March 18, 2014 – Ariane Flight VA216

A new preparation milestone has been reached for Ariane 5’s March 21 flight from French Guiana with installation of customer graphics on the heavy-lift mission’s payload fairing – which is a tradition for Arianespace launches.

This activity was performed in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building for Ariane 5, where the launcher’s ogive-shaped payload fairing – which protects payloads during ascent through the denser atmospheric layers – was adorned with imagery related to its two satellite passengers: ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A.

Built by Airbus Defence and Space, ASTRA 5B will extend operator SES’ transponder capacity and geographical reach over Eastern Europe and neighboring markets, delivering direct-to-home, direct-to-cable and contribution feeds to digital terrestrial television networks. The spacecraft also carries a hosted L-band payload for the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). ASTRA 5B is represented on the Ariane 5’s payload fairing by logos for SES, EGNOS and Forbes Georgia.
Orbital Sciences Corporation produced the Amazonas 4A spacecraft – which is spotlighted on the payload fairing with its own logo – for operator HISPASAT. After deployment by Ariane 5, it will provide enhanced relay capacity over Latin America and an extended range of communications and television services.

This week’s mission is designated VA216 in Arianespace’s numbering system, with its liftoff set during a launch window opening at 7:05 p.m. local time in French Guiana on March 21.


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Orbital-Built Amazonas 4A Commercial Communications Satellite Ready for Launch

-- GEOStar-2 Spacecraft for HISPASAT Set to Launch on March 21 from Kourou, French Guiana --
-- Amazonas 4A is 150th Orbital-Built Satellite Delivered to Commercial and Government Customers Around the World --

DULLES, Va., Mar 20, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that it is in final preparations for the launch of the Amazonas 4A commercial communications satellite. Orbital designed, built and tested the geosynchronous Earth orbit satellite at its Dulles, VA production facilities for HISPASAT S.A. of Spain. The Amazonas 4A spacecraft, which will provide Ku-band communications services to South America, is scheduled to be launched aboard Arianespace’s Ariane 5 ECA rocket from Kourou, French Guiana on Friday, March 21, 2014 at approximately 6:05 p.m. (EDT).

Orbital’s newest satellite delivery represents the 150th spacecraft Orbital has completed for customers in the past 32 years, spanning the global commercial, civil government and military and intelligence space systems markets. Of these, 78 have carried out commercial communications and imaging missions and 72 have supported government scientific, national security and space exploration missions. Amazonas 4A will be Orbital’s 33rd GEOStar commercial communications satellite to be launched into orbit. Orbital-built satellites have now amassed about 1,100 years of in-orbit experience, a number that will continue to grow as the company is scheduled to deploy up to nine spacecraft in 2014 for commercial communications, space station logistics, scientific research and national security missions.

Following its deployment into a geosynchronous transfer orbit, the Amazonas 4A satellite will undergo several weeks of in-orbit testing to verify that all major subsystems are operating as planned. Once testing is complete, the spacecraft will be commanded to fire its thrusters to position it at a final orbital location of 61 degrees West Longitude. Day-to-day operations of Amazonas 4A will then be transferred to HISPASAT’s operational team in Madrid.

“I want to thank HISPASAT for their confidence in Orbital on this important mission, which will bring significant additional capacity to their Latin American customers for a variety of television and other communications services,” said Mr. Christopher Richmond, Orbital’s Senior Vice President of Communications Satellites. “The Amazonas 4A communications satellite will be the latest in a growing in-orbit fleet of GEOStar communications satellites owned and operated by customers in every part of the world. We are looking forward to another successful Ariane launch tomorrow and are eager to begin in-orbit testing operations, leading to the commissioning of the satellite for HISPASAT in April.”

At the time of launch, the Amazonas 4A satellite will weigh approximately 3,000 kg. It measures 23 meters wide and 4.7 meters tall, carries two deployable reflectors, and incorporates a Ku-band payload that features 24 active transponders to provide voice, wireless backhaul, internet and other media application services to South America. Amazonas 4A will generate approximately 5.0 kilowatts of payload power and is designed for a 15-year mission life.
 
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ASTRA 5B SATELLITE LAUNCH SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 21

19.03.2014 

Luxembourg, March 19th, 2014 – SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that Arianespace has scheduled the launch of its new satellite ASTRA 5B for March 21, 2014.

The satellite will be launched into space from the European Space Centre in French Guiana on board an Ariane 5 ECA rocket between 19:05 pm and 20:02 pm local time (23.05 – 00.02 CET; 18.05 – 19.02 EDT).

ASTRA 5B was built by Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Astrium) in Toulouse, France, using a Eurostar E3000 platform. The multi-mission satellite will be located at 31.5 degrees East and carry Ku and Ka-band payloads for the delivery of high-performance Direct-to-Home (DTH) in Eastern Europe and the neighboring markets.

States Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES: "The launch of ASTRA 5B will be the 39th launch of an SES satellite on board a European Arianespace launch vehicle. Our long-standing relationship is based on this proven track record and shows the continuous confidence we have in Arianespace and our commitment to Ariane as a launch vehicle. We look forward to a successful mission with this longstanding launch partner."

Watch the launch:

The video broadcast of the launch in standard definition as well as HD will be available via ASTRA's orbital position 19.2 degrees East, transponder 1.037, downlink frequency 11023.25 MHz, horizontal polarisation, symbol rate 22.0 MSym/s, FEC 5/6, service ID 5221 and 5222, service name "Astra 5B Launch SD" and "ASTRA 5B Launch HD" or via www.arianespace.com.


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Ariane 5 ECA – ASTRA 5B – Amazonas 4A: Launch of Flight VA216 postponed by 24 hours
Kourou, March 20, 2014

Meteorological conditions at the Spaceport in French Guiana on March 20, 2014 did not allow the authorization of Flight VA216’s launcher transfer from the Final Assembly Building to the launch zone.

The countdown of Flight VA216 has been delayed 24 hours, for a liftoff on Saturday, March 22 at 19h04 local time (22h04 UTC) during a launch window of 58 minutes.

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Kourou, March 20, 2014

Meteorological conditions at the Spaceport in French Guiana on March 20, 2014 did not allow the authorization of Flight VA216’s launcher transfer from the Final Assembly Building to the launch zone.

The countdown of Flight VA216 has been delayed 24 hours, for a liftoff on Saturday, March 22 at 19h04 local time (22h04 UTC) during a launch window of 58 minutes.

Apparently it was too windy to roll-out the rocket out of the BAF yesterday: http://www.forum-conquete-spatiale.fr/t15164p75-lancement-ariane-5-eca-va216-astra-5b-amazonas-4a-21-mars-2014
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A 24-hour delay for Arianespace’s dual-payload Ariane 5 mission


March 20, 2014 – Ariane Flight VA216

High winds at ground level prevented today’s transfer of the Ariane 5 launcher for Arianespace’s Flight VA216 mission with ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A, resulting in a 24-hour postponement of this mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana.

The Ariane 5 and its two telecommunications satellite payloads remain in a safe condition inside the Final Assembly Building.  Its rollout from the facility to the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone is now scheduled for tomorrow, enabling the countdown to begin for a liftoff on Saturday, March 22 at 7:04 p.m. local time during a launch window of 58 minutes.

ASTRA 5B is located in the Ariane 5 payload “stack’s” upper position and will be deployed first during the 34-minute flight sequence.  It was built by Airbus Defence and Space for SES, and will operate from a 31.5 deg. East orbital slot.

Installed in the payload stack’s lower position, Amazonas 4A is an Orbital Sciences Corporation-produced satellite.  It will be operated by HISPASAT from an orbital position of 61 deg. West.


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Ariane 5 moves to the launch zone for Arianespace’s March 22 heavy-lift flight
 
 March 21, 2014 – Ariane Flight VA216

Arianespace has delivered another Ariane 5 to the launch zone at Europe’s Spaceport, positioning this workhorse vehicle for liftoff tomorrow with a pair of telecommunications satellites: ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A.

The vehicle rolled out before sunrise this morning from the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building for Ariane 5 to the ELA-3 launch zone, where it is scheduled for liftoff during a 58-minute launch window that opens March 22 at 7:04 p.m. local time in French Guiana.


For the 73rd overall flight of an Ariane 5, the payload lift performance is more than 9,575 kg. – which includes a combined total of some 8,755 kg. for the two payloads – to be orbited for customers SES and Hispasat – plus the launcher’s dual-passenger dispenser system and satellite integration hardware.

ASTRA 5B is based on Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar E3000 platform. After its deployment by Ariane 5, it will extend operator SES’ transponder capacity and geographical reach over Eastern Europe and neighboring markets, delivering direct-to-home, direct-to-cable and contribution feeds to digital terrestrial television networks. The spacecraft also carries a hosted L-band payload for the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).

Amazonas 4A was built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, and it will provide enhanced relay capacity over Latin America and an extended range of communications and television services for operator HISPASAT from a 61 deg. West orbital slot.

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Ariane 5’s heavy-lift flight with ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A enters the final countdown

March 22, 2014 – Ariane Flight VA216

The final countdown is underway for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 launch, which will carry the ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A telecommunications satellites into geostationary transfer orbit this evening.

Designated VA216 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, the mission is to be performed from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch complex in French Guiana – deploying the two passengers for satellite operators SES and HISPASAT during a flight lasting 34 minutes.

Total payload lift performance for the Ariane 5 is nearly 9,580 kg., which includes some 8,755 kg. for the ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A payloads, along with the launcher’s dual-payload dispenser system and satellite integration hardware.

Today’s flight will be the 73rd Ariane 5 launch overall and second mission for Arianespace’s heavy-lift workhorse in 2014.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2014/1146.asp

Launch window for VA216:

- UTC: from 10:04 p.m. to 11:02 p.m. on  March 22, 2014
 
- Kourou, French Guiana: from 7:04 p.m. to 8:02 p.m., on March 22, 2014
 
- Paris, France: from 11:04 p.m. to 12:02 a.m. on March 22-23, 2014 
 
- Washington, D.C.: from 6:04 p.m. to 7:02 p.m. on March 22, 2014
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Heh! Love how some don't react to being on the webcast, but others do!
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And there goes Amazonas 4A!

Congrats to all involved!

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Ah, there we have a graphic of it.

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Continuity for established customers: Arianespace’s Ariane 5 orbits satellites at the service of SES and HISPASAT

March 22, 2014 – Ariane Flight VA216

The workhorse Ariane 5 orbited a pair of payloads – ASTRA 5B for SES and HISPASAT’S Amazonas 4A – this evening, continuing the relationships with two customers that have come to rely on Arianespace’s launch services.

Lifting off from the Spaceport in French Guiana, Flight VA216 provided a total payload lift performance of some 9,580 kg. on the delivery mission to geostationary transfer orbit.  It was one of multiple launch campaigns currently underway for Arianespace missions, covering its full launcher family – composed of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and light-lift Vega.

ASTRA 5B was deployed by Ariane 5 at 27 minutes into the mission, with Amazonas 4A separated from the launcher at 34 minutes after liftoff.

This was Ariane 5’s second flight in 2014, and the 73rd overall launch of the vehicle – continuing its on-target track record with the 59th consecutive success.  The mission was designated Flight VA216 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system.

Ariane 5 also continued its high delivery accuracy, providing an on-target delivery with the following estimated orbital parameters at the injection of its cryogenic upper stage:
 - Perigee: 249.7 km. for a target of 249.7 km.
 - Apogee: 35,895 km. for a target of 35,888 km.
 - Inclination: 2.99 deg. for a target of 3.00 deg.

Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël noted that ASTRA 5B was the SES group’s 39th satellite to use Arianespace launchers in the framework of a 25-year-long cooperation that started in December 1988 with the launch of ASTRA 1A.  SES operates the leading direct-to-home (DTH) satellite broadcast system in Europe based on its ASTRA family of satellites, serving more than 135 million households via cable and DTH networks.

ASTRA 5B was produced by Airbus Defence and Space using a Eurostar 3000 L platform, and had a mass at liftoff of more than 5,700 kg.  It is fitted with 40 active Ku-band and 6 Ka-band transponders, and will be positioned at 31.5 degrees East. Also aboard ASTRA 5B is an L-band payload for the European geostationary navigation overlay system, EGNOS.

Amazonas 4A was the eighth satellite launched by Arianespace for Spain, and the sixth for HISPASAT.  It is part of the Amazonas relay platform series that is expanding HISPASAT’s business over South America.

“I am happy that, tonight, we have been up to the trust HISPASAT placed in our service, and I wish Amazonas 4A a safe journey to its final destination,” Israël said in comments from the Spaceport’s mission control center.  “I have no doubt it will be there on spot to broadcast worldwide the images of La Roja’s victory in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil!”

As the 25th Orbital Sciences Corporation-built satellite launched by Arianespace, Amazonas 4A is based on a GEOStar-2.4 platform, and weighed in at about 3,000 kg. for liftoff.  This high-power satellite’s 24 active Ku-band transponders will provide a broad range of telecommunications services across all of South America, and has a design life of 15 years.


After tonight’s Ariane 5 success, Arianespace’s next mission continues in preparation at the Spaceport: Soyuz Flight VS07, scheduled for liftoff on April 3 with Europe’s Sentinel-1A Earth observation spacecraft.

Also being readied are Vega Flight VV03 with the European-built DZZ-HR multi-mission satellite for Kazakhstan, and Ariane 5 Flight VA218 with the Optus 10 and MEASAT-3b satellite passengers.  The European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Georges Lemaître is at the Spaceport undergoing checkout in advance of Ariane 5's VA219 mission for servicing of the International Space Station, with its launcher now at the Spaceport as well.

Israël highlighted how Arianespace’s fast-paced 2014 launch schedule results from the capabilities of its industrial team – led by Airbus Defence and Space for Ariane 5, Roscosmos for Soyuz and ELV for Vega; and also acknowledged the key role of France’s CNES space agency and the European Space Agency (ESA).

The ESA, CNES and Arianespace lineup also was recognized by SES Chief Technology Officer Martin Halliwell in his after-mission speech at the Spaceport’s control center.  “It’s really down to the professionalism and the excellence, which is expressed by those entire teams, that makes what is extremely complicated-technically look routine,”  he stated.  “It looked so calm and looked so easy…and it isn’t.  It is really due to the extreme professionalism of the teams that make this happen.  So I really commend you for that.”

HISPASAT President Elena Pisonero gave thanks to those involved in her company’s Amazonas 4A project and tonight’s successful launch.  Addressing Stéphane Israël in French, she called Arianespace’s performance “exceptional” in congratulating the company.  “I would like to thank Arianespace, which put the final touches on this project,” she said.  “Its exceptional professionalism never disappoints the trust we placed in this company.  With its prestige and reputation, this is why we hope to continue collaborating with Arianespace for our next satellite project.”

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2014/1147.asp
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Arianespace orbits ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A satellites
 
Kourou, March 22, 2014

On Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 22:04 UTC, Arianespace carried out the 59th successful Ariane 5 launch in a row, orbiting two telecommunications satellites: ASTRA 5B for the Luxembourg-based operator SES, and Amazonas 4A for the Spanish operator Hispasat. ASTRA 5B also hosts an EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) payload for the European Commission.

59th successful launch in a row: Arianespace continues to deliver the world's most reliable launch service!

Today's successful mission, the 59th in a row for Europe's Ariane 5 launcher, confirms that Arianespace continues to set the standard for guaranteed access to space for all operators, whether national or international space agencies, private industry or governments.

Following the announcement of the orbital injection of the Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A satellites, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said: "Today's successful launch, the 59th in a row for Ariane 5, confirms the unrivaled reliability and availability of the European launcher. We take particular pride in being able to offer this service excellence to two leading European operators, SES and Hispasat, both long-standing customers of Arianespace, as well as the European Commission, which has an EGNOS satellite navigation payload integrated on the ASTRA 5B satellite. I would like to thank our customers for continuing to place their trust in us. For Arianespace and our family of the Ariane, Soyuz and Vega launchers, the watchword in 2014 will be 'Europe', following the launch of Athena-Fidus on February 6, a French-Italian spacecraft that meets both defense and homeland security requirements, and leading up to flagship programs deployed by the European Commission (Copernicus and Galileo) and the European Space Agency (ATV and IXV). In addition, I would also like to express my thanks to Airbus Defence & Space, as the industrial prime contractor for Ariane 5, to the rest of the European space industry, the teams at the Guiana Space Center, and our partners at CNES for today's magnificent success."

A launch for two leading European operators

Arianespace and SES have developed an exceptional relationship over the last 25 years, starting with the launch of ASTRA 1A. ASTRA 5B is the 39th satellite from the SES group (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Bourse: SESG) to use Europe's launcher. SES operates the leading direct-to-home (DTH) satellite broadcast system in Europe, based on its ASTRA family of satellites, serving more than 135 million households via cable and DTH networks.

Built by Airbus Space & Defense using a Eurostar 3000 L platform, ASTRA 5B weighed 5,724 kg at launch. It is fitted with 60 active Ku and Ka-band transponders, and will be positioned at 31.5 degrees East. The ASTRA 5B satellite will provide DTH television broadcast, cable distribution and digital terrestrial television (DTTV) network services in Europe and Africa. It also hosts an L-band payload for the European geostationary navigation overlay system, EGNOS. ASTRA 5B offers a design life of about 15 years, and is the 107th satellite built by Airbus Defence & Space to be launched by Arianespace.

Amazonas 4A is the eighth Spanish satellite launched by Arianespace, and the sixth for Hispasat. Three of the four Amazonas satellites, which support the operator's expansion in South America, were launched by Ariane 5.

Amazonas 4A was built by Orbital Sciences Corporation using a GeoStar-2 platform, and weighed 2,938 kg at launch. It is equipped with 24 active Ku-band transponders. This satellite will provide a broad range of telecommunications services across all of South America, in particular addressing the growth in demand expected because of the 2014 Football World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, both organized in Brazil. It has a design life of 15 years, and is the 25th satellite built by Orbital Sciences Corporation to be launched by Arianespace.

The ASTRA 5B/Amazonas 4A 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, March 22, 2014 at 7:04 pm local time in Kourou (6:04 pm in Washington, D.C., 22:04 UTC, and 11:04 pm in Paris).

This was the 217th Ariane launch. Airbus Defence & Space is the industrial prime contractor for Ariane launch vehicles. The Ariane 5 ECA used on this mission boosted 9,468 kg into geostationary transfer orbit, including 8,662 kg for the two satellites.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2014/3-22-2014-VA216-launch-success.asp
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SES: ASTRA 5B SATELLITE LAUNCH SUCCESS ON ARIANE 5
 
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ASTRA 5B will offer state-of-the-art capacity for CEE, Russia and CIS from 31.5 degrees East

Satellite also carries SES’s second EGNOS hosted payload for the European Commission

Luxembourg, March 22nd, 2014 – SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announces that the ASTRA 5B satellite was successfully orbited by an Ariane 5 rocket from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana, at 19:04 local time on March 22nd, 2014 (23:04 CET; 18.04 EDT).

ASTRA 5B was built by Airbus Defence and Space Systems in Toulouse, France, based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. The satellite will be located at the orbital position of 31.5 degrees East and is equipped with 40 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent) as well as 6 Ka-band transponders.

ASTRA 5B will extend SES’s transponder capacity and geographical reach over Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States for DTH, direct-to-cable and contribution feeds to digital terrestrial television networks. The spacecraft also carries the second SES hosted L-band payload for the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). EGNOS helps to verify, improve and report on the reliability and accuracy of positioning signals in Europe.

ASTRA 5B had a launch mass of 5724 kilograms, and will have a wingspan of 40m once its solar arrays are deployed in orbit, and a spacecraft power of 13kW at the end of its 15-year design lifetime.

Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES, said: “Today’s successful launch of ASTRA 5B is particularly satisfying to me personally, less than two weeks away from my official retirement from the position of President and CEO of SES on April 3, 2014. The launch success means that SES will have grown its satellite fleet under my tenure from 4 satellites at a single orbital position over Europe back in 1995, to 56 satellites at 37 orbital slots around the world today. At the same time, the number of active transponders will have grown from 64 to 1.508, once ASTRA 5B becomes operational. In line with our well-defined strategy, ASTRA 5B will greatly increase SES’s capacities over CEE, Russia and the CIS.”

“We are particularly happy to celebrate this successful launch of Astra 5B. Not only is ASTRA 5B the 8th satellite built by Airbus Defense and Space Systems for SES, but it is also the 33rd satellite based on our highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform - which celebrates this month its 10th anniversary in orbit,” added François Auque, Head of Space Systems.

European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "This new EGNOS hosted payload launch demonstrates the Commission's commitment to providing positioning signals with the highest possible accuracy to citizens and businesses in Europe. This opens up a multitude of business opportunities, today and in the future, especially when EGNOS will start working with Galileo when Galileo becomes operational by the end of 2014."

Airbus Defence and Space are currently completing the integration and tests for Astra 2G, to be launched later this year. In addition work has recently commenced on SES-10. Both of these satellites are Eurostar E3000 designs.
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Fecha: 23/03/2014

Successful launch of HISPASAT's Amazonas 4A satellite

The new communications satellite of the HISPASAT Group, launched in an Ariadne 5 ECA from French Guiana, is already in space.

 The Amazonas 4 is designed to offer audiovisual services and to respond to the demand that will be generated by sporting events which to be held in Brazil in 2014 and 2016.


The HISPASAT Group has successfully launched, at 23.04 Spanish time, its eleventh satellite, the Amazonas 4A , from the European Space Agency base in Kourou (French Guiana), aboard the Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle built by Arianespace.

Approximately 34 minutes after the rocket’s takeoff, the Amazonas 4A satellite separated from the launch vehicle and initialisation and rollout of the solar panels began. From that point, the manoeuvres got underway to position the new satellite in the geostationary orbit where the test phase will take place over several weeks, to confirm that it is functioning correctly.

For the president of HISPASAT, Elena Pisonero, “ the Amazonas 4A is the HISPASAT Group’s response to a challenge: to supply, in record time, additional space capacity in Latin America to satisfy the increase in demand for audiovisual services which will come with the holding of the important sporting events in Brazil in the years to come.” Pisonero said HISPASAT’s strategic bet on Latin America has made it a leading operator and a reference company in the region from the very beginning. She added: “We want to continue to be true to this commitment offering innovative and high quality services”.

The new satellite, which has a useful life of 15 years, will provide coverage to South America, from Venezuela and Colombia to the south of Argentina and Chile. Operated by HISPAMAR Satélites, the Group’s Brazilian company, the Amazonas 4A will widen the offering of audiovisual services in the region.

The Amazonas 4A was manufactured by Orbital, based on its Geostar 2.4e platform. It has a launch mass of nearly three tonnes and measures 23 metres wide and 4.7 metres high. It has 24 transponders in the Ku band, two deployables antennas and attitude control in three axes which will assure pointing precision.

The project, which entails an investment of more than 140 million Euros, has featured a significant involvement by Spanish industry:
◾Thales Alenia Space España: IMUX in the Ku band
◾RYMSA: Elements of the Ku band such as antenna feeding assemblies for reception and transmission, RF filters, hybrids, couplers and RF adaptors. Wide coverage antennas and horns with great acquisition for reception and transmission and passive network assemblies.
◾GMV: Satellite control centre and flight dynamics systems.
◾Indra: Terrestrial segment of satellite control.
◾INSA: Satellite control antenna in Maspalomas (Canary Islands).
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As expected 4 objects have been catalogued by USSTRATCOM

                                                  Period(mn)    incl.(°)    apogee(km) perigee(km)       
2014-011D    39619        OBJECT D    630.3      3.03      35683          263           
2014-011C    39618        OBJECT C    630.4      3.02      35691          261           
2014-011B    39617        OBJECT B    630.65    3.02      35709          256           
2014-011A    39616        OBJECT A    630.11    3.04      35693          244       

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The do make it look easy! Congratulations to Arianespace! I'm really looking forward to that 61st or 62nd straight success (ArSat-1 ;-))

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This is reminiscent of a recent problem that a Loral comsat suffered after injection by Sea Launch. At the time, there was speculation that somehow air escaped from inside the spacecraft after the first couple of minutes of flight.


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Astra-5b started operations on June 2.
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SES has abandoned the 31.5 deg East position. Astra 5B is currently moving to its future position at 23.5 deg East.
The Service Notice for the EGNOS payload:
https://egnos-user-support.essp-sas.eu/sites/default/files/documents/service_notice-26.pdf
« Last Edit: 07/15/2023 07:02 pm by GWR64 »

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