Author Topic: LIVE: Ariane Flight VA207 - MSG-3 & Jupiter/EchoStar XVII - July 5, 2012  (Read 58059 times)

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Ariane 5 lofts telecommunications and weather observation satellites on Arianespace's latest mission success


July 5, 2012 – Ariane Flight VA207

Arianespace continued Ariane 5’s track record of success today by using the heavy-lift workhorse to orbit a mixed payload of telecommunications and meteorological spacecraft on the launcher’s 63rd flight from the Spaceport in French Guiana.

For this third Ariane 5 mission of 2012, the EchoStar XVII and MSG-3 passengers were deployed into geostationary transfer orbit during a 34-minute flight.  Total payload lift performance was approximately 9,640 kg., which included the combined mass of the EchoStar XVII and MSG-3 spacecraft, plus the launch vehicle’s dual-passenger dispenser system and satellite integration hardware.


“By orbiting these two satellites, we have once again demonstrated the flexibility of Ariane 5 – which was capable of simultaneously launching one of the largest telecommunications satellites ever built for an American private operator, along with one of the most capable meteorological satellites developed for a European government organization,” said Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall.
 
Ariane 5’s accuracy was confirmed once again on today’s flight, with the following estimated orbital parameters at the cryogenic upper stage’s injection:
- Perigee: 249.4 km. for a target of 249.6 km.
- Apogee: 35,923 km. for a target of 35,942 km.
- Inclination: 6.00 deg. for a target of 6.00 deg.
 
With an estimated liftoff mass of 6,100 kg., EchoStar XVII will be operated by Hughes Network Systems from an orbital position of 107.1° West – delivering broadband services to consumers, businesses and government customers across North America.  The telecommunications spacecraft is based on Space Systems/Loral’s 1300-series platform and is to operate in the Ka-band.
 
MSG-3 was the ninth Meteosat-series weather satellite launched by Ariane vehicles since 1981.  Weighing approximately 2,000 kg. at liftoff, it will provide highly detailed imagery of Europe, the North Atlantic and Africa for use by meteorologists and national weather forecasters. Resulting from a close collaboration involving EUMETSAT (the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) and the European Space Agency, MSG-3 was produced in an industry consortium led by Thales Alenia Space.
 
Following the flight’s liftoff at sunset and its subsequent satellite deployment, Le Gall took the opportunity to acknowledge the industrial and infrastructure teams that continue to support Arianespace in its commercial Ariane operations.  He noted the Ariane 5 for this mission was fitted with the 1,200th engine produced for Ariane vehicles by the Safran group’s Snecma propulsion business unit.

“Thanks to all of you, Ariane 5 is a system that works…works very well…and will continue to work for a long time!” he added.  “Following tonight’s launch, and with all of the contracts we’ve signed since the start of this year, our order book effectively covers no less than 22 firm Ariane 5 launches, which – at a pace of six to seven missions per year – guarantees us more than three years of activity.”
 
Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission is scheduled for August 2, carrying the Intelsat 20 satellite for Intelsat, along with HYLAS 2 for Avanti Communications.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2012/922.asp
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Arianespace launch a success: Ariane 5 ECA orbits EchoStar XVII and MSG-3
 
Kourou, July 5, 2012
 
On Thursday, July 5, Arianespace successfully launched two satellites: the dedicated Internet satellite EchoStar XVII for the American operator Hughes Network Systems, and the MSG-3 weather satellite for Eumetsat, the European Meteorological Satellite organization.

63rd Ariane 5 launch, 49th success in a row
 
Today's successful Ariane 5 launch once again proves the launcher’s operational capabilities. Ariane 5 handles a complete range of missions, from commercial launches into geostationary orbit to launches into special orbits.

This was the 63rd launch of an Ariane 5, and the 49th successful launch in a row.

Arianespace's latest successful mission, the third Ariane 5 launch in 2012, clearly shows that its launch Service & Solutions continue to set the global standard and guarantee independent access to space for all customers, including national and international space agencies, private operators and governments.

302nd and 303rd satellites launched by Arianespace from French Guiana

Arianespace offers the launch services that best match the demanding requirements of leading operators worldwide.

EchoStar XVII is the second satellite launched by Arianespace for the American operator Hughes, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation. A high-power Ka-band satellite, EchoStar XVII will offer broadband Internet services to companies and individuals in North America. EchoStar XVII is the 37th satellite built by Space Systems/Loral to be launched by Arianespace.

MSG-3 (Meteosat Second Generation) is part of a European family of four geostationary meteorological detection and observation satellites. It is the ninth satellite to be launched by Arianespace for Eumetsat. The first two MSG satellites were launched by Arianespace in 2002 and 2005.

EchoStar XVII/MSG-3 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 Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm local time in Kourou (5:36 pm in Washington, D.C., 21:36 UT, 11:36 pm in Paris, and on Friday, July 6 at 6:36 am in Tokyo).

Weighing 6,100 kg at launch, EchoStar XVII was injected into geostationary transfer orbit, and will then be moved to its orbital position at 107.1 degrees West. Built by Space Systems/Loral using a 1300 platform, EchoStar XVII is a broadband Ka-band satellite. It will round out the HughesNet® services offering in North America, bolstering the orbital capacity offered by the Spaceway® 3 satellite. The payload on this new satellite offers a retransmission capacity exceeding 100 Gbps.

Built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor, MSG-3 weighed 2,000 kg at liftoff. It has 12 separate channels, three in visible wavelengths and nine in infrared bands, and is capable of transmitting images every 15 minutes. MSG-3 will ensure service continuity for EUMETSAT, providing meteorologists with a powerful tool for the detection and prediction of weather-related events in Europe and surrounding regions. EUMETSAT is an intergovernmental organization, grouping 26 Member States and five Cooperating States.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2012/7-5-2012_Success.asp
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05 July 2012

What will happen to MSG-3 in the next days after launch?

After launch a new phase called LEOP will start. LEOP stands for Launch Early Operation Phase. This phase will aim to put MSG-3 in its final configuration and orbit where it will be ready to perform its mission.
The next LEOP milestones are summarised below:

Launch T+ 34 minutes: MSG-3 separation from the launcher (Malindi tracking station acquisition)
T+ 4 hours. 1st spin up (55rpm)
T+37 hours First Apogee Engine firing by LAM
T+62 hours Second Apogee Engine firing by LAM
T+111 hours third Apogee Engine firing by LAM
T+134 hours fourth Apogee Engine firing by LAM 
T+ 8 days and 6 hours SEVIRI covers release
T+ 8days  and 9 hours, Spin up to 100 rpm
T+ 9 days + 22 hours, Circularisation maneuver

Some of our Thales colleagues form Kourou and Cannes will join now very rapidly ESOC in Darmstadt, the European Space Operation Center where these activities will be performed.

http://msg-3launchcampaign.blogspot.nl/2012/07/what-will-happen-to-msg-3-in-next-days.html
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MSG-3 set to ensure quality of Europe’s weather service from geostationary orbit

6 July 2012

PR 21 2012 - The latest weather satellite in Europe’s highly successful Meteosat second-generation series is on its way after lifting off on an Ariane 5 at 21:36 GMT (23:36 CEST) on Thursday, 5 July from Europe’s Spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMJRG2VW3H_index_0.html
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Space Systems/Loral-Built Broadband Satellite for Hughes Successfully Launched, Begins Post-Launch Maneuvers

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/06/12 -- Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) (NASDAQ: LORL), the world's leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the EchoStar XVII satellite, designed and built for Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.

The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle provided by Arianespace from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Tomorrow, the satellite will begin firing its main thruster in order to start maneuvering into geostationary orbit.

http://investor.loral.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=689446
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A 'picture perfect' liftoff for Arianespace's Ariane 5 launch with EchoStar XVII and MSG-3

July 5, 2012 – Ariane Flight VA207

A sunset launch window, limited clouds and excellent visibility combined to provide a postcard-like view of Ariane 5’s ascent from French Guiana during today’s successful mission with the EchoStar XVII and MSG-3 satellite payloads. 

This photo sequence shows the liftoff and climb-out from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch complex, with Ariane 5 powered by its Vulcain 2 cryogenic main engine and two solid propellant boosters. 

The excellent viewing conditions also enabled Ariane 5’s downrange trajectory to be followed, including separation of the solid boosters at an altitude of 67 km., and the payload fairing’s jettison at a 107-km. altitude.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2012/923.asp
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MSG-3 successfully handed over to EUMETSAT

http://www.eumetsat.int/msg3/news.html

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MSG-3, Europe’s latest weather satellite, delivers first image

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMRFKVXF5H_index_0.html

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