Author Topic: Ariane 5 VA 216 - Astra 5B & Amazonas 4A - March 22, 2014 (ETD 2204UTC)  (Read 56832 times)

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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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http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1080.asp

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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Jacques :-)

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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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