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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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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.

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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Roll-out to the pad approved btw.

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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.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2014/1145.asp
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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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