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Title: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 25 July 2018
Post by: beidou on 11/18/2016 03:17 PM
According to the launch kit of VA233, this mission will be in 2018.
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA25x - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 09/24/2017 02:35 PM
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Looks like our #Galileo launch next year will be the last launch of the  #Ariane5 ES model ever..... #ATV #VA233 #VA240

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/911948548161359872 (https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/911948548161359872)
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA25x - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 09/24/2017 03:00 PM
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More #Galileo launcher info, heard that the spare Aestus EPS engine (sn55) for next years A5 launch was tested successfully in July @DLR_en

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/911965461264453632 (https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/911965461264453632)

Edit to add:

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Better image of an Aestus EPS engine for a #Ariane5 ES Galileo launch under test @DLR_en P4.2 test site
https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/911969094391537664
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA25x - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 2018
Post by: woods170 on 09/24/2017 08:03 PM
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Looks like our #Galileo launch next year will be the last launch of the  #Ariane5 ES model ever..... #ATV #VA233 #VA240

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/911948548161359872 (https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/911948548161359872)
Ariane 5 ES was mainly there to launch ATV's. Now that those are no longer flying there is also no longer any need for the EPS upper stage.
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA25x - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 2018
Post by: ZachS09 on 09/24/2017 11:02 PM
Ariane 5 ES was mainly there to launch ATV's. Now that those are no longer flying there is also no longer any need for the EPS upper stage.

Well, what if there was a failure in the ESC-A upper stage? Then they would resort to the EPS upper stage during that investigation.
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA25x - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 2018
Post by: calapine on 09/25/2017 01:09 AM
Well, what if there was a failure in the ESC-A upper stage? Then they would resort to the EPS upper stage during that investigation.

Well after 62 missions of the ESC-A upper stage and 195 flights total of the HM7B engine it's pretty safe to rule out any non-discovered design issues.

And since there is no EPS in storage the lead time to build a new one (if  possible) would be prohibitive as well.
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA25x - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 2018
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 09/25/2017 02:08 AM
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Looks like our #Galileo launch next year will be the last launch of the  #Ariane5 ES model ever..... #ATV #VA233 #VA240

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/911948548161359872 (https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/911948548161359872)
Ariane 5 ES was mainly there to launch ATV's. Now that those are no longer flying there is also no longer any need for the EPS upper stage.

Advance apologies if this is a re-stating of the obvious to the reader...I looked to see if there were any more payloads like Envisat (massive satellites bound for LEO) in the Ariane manifest which might be better served by an EPS upper stage vs. ESC-A...there are no more such payloads.
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA24x - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 2018
Post by: Rik ISS-fan on 11/29/2017 08:51 PM
No there are 0 large LEO/SSO payloads on ESA/European institutions launch manifest that can not be launched by a Soyuz. Ariane 5 ES (galileo) was cheaper when it orbits four Galileo satellites, than two Soyuz launches with two Galileo satellites.
After this (last) Ariane 5 ES 4x Galileo launch. The next launch is 2x A62 with both two galileo satellites.
I predict t this will be the second and fifth Ariane 6 launches.
There are Ariane 5 launcher serial numbers reserved for aditional Ariane 5 ES flights. But those will most likely not be used.

AFAIK there is a agreement between Arianespace (ESA) and IHI (JAXA) that Ariane 5 and H2 serve as backup for each other,  in case of a anomaly. So I don't think A5ES will launch in the unlikely event of a A5 ECA failure.

I've to add this tweet from DutchSpace (https://mobile.twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/935887080223313922):
Apperently ESA has a option for a aditional Soyuz (2× Galileo) launch.
But most likely it will not be taken (only if more clocks fail, and Sats loose functionality, I guess).
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 2018
Post by: beidou on 04/17/2018 08:53 PM
Any updates?
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 2018
Post by: Jester on 04/18/2018 07:10 AM
sure, VA244 on the 25th of July if all goes to plan it will be the 100th Ariane 5 launch

https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/985504768410963968
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 25th 2018
Post by: Jester on 04/26/2018 12:43 PM
sure, VA244 on the 25th of July if all goes to plan it will be the 100th Ariane 5 launch

https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/985504768410963968 (https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/985504768410963968)

Nope, with the VA243 rescheduled, VA244 will be the 99th Ariane 5 launch, but the 100th Ariane 5 built

https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/987278019256602624 (https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/987278019256602624)
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 25th 2018
Post by: Jester on 05/06/2018 11:44 AM
https://twitter.com/arianespaceceo/status/992521182464413701

Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 25th 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 05/09/2018 10:50 AM
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SATELLITE PAIR ARRIVE FOR GALILEO’S NEXT RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE

9 May 2018

The next two satellites in Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system have arrived at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, ahead of their planned launch from the jungle space base in July.

Galileo satellites 23 and 24 left Luxembourg Airport on a Boeing 747 cargo jet on the morning of 4 May, arriving at Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport in French Guiana that evening.

They were then unloaded, still in their protective air-conditioned containers, and transported by truck to the cleanroom environment of the preparation building within Europe’s Spaceport.

This pair will be launched along with another two Galileo satellites, which are due to be transported to French Guiana later this month.

The quartet will be launched together on a customised Ariane 5 on 25 July.

The Galileo System began Initial Services on 15 December 2016, and a growing number of commercial devices are using Galileo today. Completion of the constellation should improve Galileo’s positioning accuracy further still.

But Galileo satellites will continue to be launched into the future: a further 12 Galileo ‘Batch 3’ satellites were ordered last June, supplementing the 26 built so far to provide further in-orbit spares, and replacements for the oldest Galileo satellites, first launched in 2011.

A steady stream of orbital spares, ready to replace satellites reaching the end of their operational lives, is essential to ensure Galileo continues operating seamlessly.

Looking further ahead, with the aim of keeping Galileo services as a permanent part of the European and global landscape, replacement satellites will be required by the middle of the next decade, offering improved performance and added features.

About Galileo

Galileo is Europe’s own global satellite navigation system, consisting of both the satellites in space and their associated ground infrastructure.

The definition, development and in-orbit validation phases were carried out by ESA, and co-funded by ESA and the European Commission. This phase created a mini-constellation of four satellites and a reduced ground segment o validate the overall concept, ahead of further deployment.

Success led to the current Full Operational Capability phase, fully funded by the EU and managed by the Commission. The Commission and ESA have a delegation agreement by which ESA acts as system design authority and procurement agent on behalf of the Commission.

http://m.esa.int/Our_Activities/Navigation/Satellite_pair_arrive_for_Galileo_s_next_rumble_in_the_jungle
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 25th 2018
Post by: bolun on 05/16/2018 08:53 PM
Some pics of the first pair of Galileo satellites at Kourou

https://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/05/Unboxing_Galileo

https://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/05/Preparing_to_lift_satellite

https://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/05/Moving_satellite

https://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/05/Galileo_satellites_together

Credits: ESA-CNES-Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG - JM Guillon

Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 25th 2018
Post by: bolun on 06/10/2018 03:41 PM
June 6, 2018

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s next Galileo mission is at the Spaceport

Launch vehicle elements for Arianespace’s third Ariane 5 flight at the service of Europe’s Galileo global satellite navigation system, which is planned for July, have been delivered to the Spaceport.

These components, including the core cryogenic stage, arrived in French Guiana aboard one of two sea-going roll-on/roll-off ships that transport launcher hardware from Europe to the South American launch site for Arianespace’s family of launch vehicles.

The mission – designated Flight VA244 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system – will orbit four more Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) spacecraft, to be deployed into medium Earth orbit from a dispenser system on the Ariane 5 ES launcher version. Galileo is designed to provide a new European global satellite navigation system with precision positioning services under civilian control.

A launch for European institutional customers
As Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, Galileo is operated under civilian control, offering guaranteed high-precision positioning around the world. Its initial services began in December 2016, allowing users equipped with Galileo-enabled devices to combine Galileo and GPS data for better positioning accuracy.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is responsible for operating the Galileo satellite navigation systems on behalf of the European Union. This authority was transferred to GSA from the European Space Agency (ESA) in July 2017.

Galileo spacecraft are built by OHB System in Bremen, Germany, and the navigation payloads provided by Airbus-owned Surrey Satellite Technology in the United Kingdom. Flight VA244’s four passengers are located at the Spaceport, where they are undergoing their own pre-flight preparations. The satellites were delivered to French Guiana via cargo aircraft, then transported by road to the Spaceport.

Arianespace already has launched 22 Galileo spacecraft, with eight being orbited on two previous Ariane 5 missions (Flights VA233 and VA240 in November 2016 and December 2017, respectively), and the others lofted by seven medium-lift Soyuz vehicles carrying two satellites each. Ariane 5 is delivered to Arianespace by ArianeGroup as production prime contractor.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/va244-ariane-5-at-spaceport/
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 25th 2018
Post by: bolun on 06/16/2018 03:11 PM
June 13, 2018

All four satellites are undergoing preparation for Ariane 5’s next Galileo launch

The four Galileo satellites for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission at the service of Europe’s navigation system are coming together in their flight configuration, while parallel preparations continue with the mission’s heavy-lift launcher.

During pre-flight activity in French Guiana at the Spaceport’s S1A processing facility, these FOC (Full Operational Capability) spacecraft have undergone their fit-checks with the dispenser system to be installed on Ariane 5.

This dispenser system will secure the Galileo FOC satellites in place during their ascent to a targeted release altitude of 23,222 km., then deploy them in rapid sequence using a pyrotechnic separation system.

Designated as Flight VA244 in Arianespace’s numbering system, the July mission’s Ariane 5 is now at the Spaceport, positioning it for build-up in the Launcher Integration Building. After completion of verifications and systems checkout by production prime contractor ArianeGroup, this Ariane 5 ES version will be moved to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building for payload integration.

Galileo: Europe’s global navigation satellite system

As Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, Galileo is operated under civilian control, offering guaranteed high-precision positioning around the world. Its initial services began in December 2016, allowing users equipped with Galileo-enabled devices to combine Galileo and GPS data for better positioning accuracy.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is responsible for operating the Galileo satellite navigation systems on behalf of the European Union. Galileo spacecraft are built by OHB System in Bremen, Germany, and the navigation payloads provided by Airbus-owned Surrey Satellite Technology in the United Kingdom.

Flight VA244 is Arianespace’s third Ariane 5 mission carrying European Galileo satellites, following previous launches in November 2016 and December 2017. Prior to that, the company orbited 14 of them on seven Soyuz missions performed between October 2011 and May 2016.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/va244-galileo-fit-check/
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 25th 2018
Post by: bolun on 06/20/2018 12:20 PM
June 18, 2018

Ariane 5 takes shape for its July mission to orbit satellites for Europe’s Galileo constellation

The next Ariane 5 to orbit satellites for Europe’s Galileo global navigation system has begun taking shape at French Guiana, as build-up of the heavy-lift vehicle is now underway inside the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building.

Following the established assembly flow, the process began with this week’s positioning of the launch vehicle’s central core cryogenic stage over one of two mobile launch tables utilized for Ariane 5. It was followed by integration of the two large solid propellant boosters – which were installed directly on the launch table and mated to the core stage, clearing the way for placement of the upper stage, topped off with the vehicle equipment bay.

Once the Ariane 5’s basic build-up is completed under the direction of production prime contractor ArianeGroup, it will be moved to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building for installation of its four Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellite passengers – which currently are undergoing their own pre-flight preparations at the Spaceport. Liftoff is scheduled for July to a deployment in circular medium Earth orbit (MEO).

Galileo: Europe’s global navigation system

The heavy-lift vehicle for Arianespace’s upcoming Galileo launch – designated Flight VA244 in the company’s launcher family number system – is an Ariane 5 ES version, equipped with the EPS storable propellent upper stage. This propulsion system replaces the ESC-A cryogenic upper stage utilized on Ariane 5 ECA variants, which typically carry telecommunications payloads to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

As Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, Galileo is operated under civilian control, offering guaranteed high-precision positioning around the world. Its initial services began in December 2016, allowing users equipped with Galileo-enabled devices to combine Galileo and GPS data for better positioning accuracy.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is responsible for operating the Galileo satellite navigation systems on behalf of the European Union. This authority was transferred to GSA from the European Space Agency (ESA) in July 2017.

Galileo spacecraft are built by OHB System in Bremen, Germany, and the navigation payloads provided by Airbus-owned Surrey Satellite Technology in the United Kingdom.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/va244-ariane-5-takes-shape/
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 25th 2018
Post by: Lewis007 on 06/29/2018 04:51 AM
VA244 launch sticker
(credit: CNES facebook)
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 25th 2018
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 06/30/2018 05:12 PM
Source: SFN Launch Schedule https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ , June 29 update

Slight change to VA244 launch time on July 25 to 11:25:01 UTC
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 25th 2018
Post by: bolun on 07/01/2018 06:37 PM
June 28, 2018

Ariane 5 is ready to receive its Galileo satellites for launch by Arianespace in July

The next Ariane 5 launcher to orbit Galileo navigation satellites has completed its initial build-up in French Guiana, continuing preparations for Arianespace’s July mission – which is designated Flight VA244 in the company’s numbering system.

This heavy-lift vehicle underwent its assembly process inside the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, beginning with the mating of its two solid propellant strap-on boosters and the core cryogenic stage. The next steps were the launcher’s vehicle equipment bay integration atop the core stage, followed by installation of the storable propellant stage – which is the configuration used on this Ariane 5 ES version of Arianespace’s workhorse launcher.

After completion of verifications and systems checkout by ArianeGroup, production prime contractor the launcher, Ariane 5 will be moved to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building for integration of its four-satellite payload of Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites.

Sending satellites to a circular medium Earth orbit

A dispenser system will secure the four Galileo FOC satellites in place during their ascent to a targeted release in a circular medium Earth orbit (MEO) using a pyrotechnic separation system.

As Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, Galileo is operated under civilian control, offering guaranteed high-precision positioning around the world. Its initial services began in December 2016, allowing users equipped with Galileo-enabled devices to combine Galileo and GPS data for better positioning accuracy.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is responsible for operating the Galileo satellite navigation systems on behalf of the European Union. Galileo spacecraft are built by OHB System in Bremen, Germany, and the navigation payloads provided by Airbus-owned Surrey Satellite Technology in the United Kingdom.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/ariane-5-initial-build-up/
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 25th 2018
Post by: Lewis007 on 07/03/2018 07:18 AM
Some pics were posted by CNES on facebook showing the fueling of one of the satellites ("Tara") on June 26
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - July 25th 2018
Post by: Lewis007 on 07/03/2018 07:20 AM
CNES also posted some pics of the logo's being placed on the Ariane fairing
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 25 July 2018
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 07/05/2018 10:49 AM
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Good morning gorgeous... #VA244 #IWishThereWasAWebcamAtCSG

https://twitter.com/dutchspace/status/1014822481092399109
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 25 July 2018
Post by: Lewis007 on 07/07/2018 05:55 AM
The first Galileo sat ("Tara") was placed on the dispenser on July 4
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 25 July 2018
Post by: bolun on 07/07/2018 03:44 PM
July 6, 2018

Dual-transfer: Ariane 5s for Arianespace’s next heavy-lift missions are on the move in French Guiana

Arianespace’s flexibility and reactivity in responding to mission changes due to payload availability was underscored with this week’s simultaneous transfer of the 99th and 100th Ariane 5 launchers – which will be utilized on consecutive multi-passenger heavy-lift flights performed from French Guiana in 2018.

During activity at the Spaceport, the no. 99 Ariane 5 – an ES version that will orbit four Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites on July 25 – was transferred from the Launcher Integration Building, where its basic build-up was performed, to the Final Assembly Building for payload installation. This upcoming mission is designated Flight VA244 in Arianespace’s numbering system.

The Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building was available due to the parallel rollout of the milestone 100th Ariane 5, which is scheduled for launch in early September carrying the Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 satellite for Azercosmos and Intelsat, along with another payload to be announced. After moving out of the Final Assembly Building, this ECA version of Ariane 5 had a temporary stopover in the ELA-3 launch zone before heading to the Launcher Integration Building for its own pre-flight preparations.

Designated Flight VA243, the Ariane 5 ECA had been set for a late May liftoff, but its timing was shifted because additional technical checks were required for the mission’s originally-scheduled co-passenger.

Ready for payload integration

The transfer of Flight VA244’s Ariane 5 to the Final Assembly Building is a major step, signaling its readiness for integration of the mission’s four Galileo satellites – which will be released to a circular medium Earth orbit (MEO).

The processing of these satellites occurred at the Spaceport’s S1 building, was followed by their fueling in the S3B facility – enabling their subsequent installation atop a multi-passenger dispenser system.

As Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, Galileo is operated under civilian control, offering guaranteed high-precision positioning around the world. Its initial services began in December 2016, allowing users equipped with Galileo-enabled devices to combine Galileo and GPS data for better positioning accuracy.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is responsible for operating the Galileo satellite navigation systems on behalf of the European Union.

Galileo spacecraft are built by OHB System in Bremen, Germany, and the navigation payloads are provided by Airbus-owned Surrey Satellite Technology in the United Kingdom.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/ariane-5-dual-transfer/
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 25 July 2018
Post by: jacqmans on 07/09/2018 05:07 PM
Galileos on dispenser

Two out of four Galileo satellites in the process of being attached to the dispenser that holds them in place during their flight to orbit then releases them into their target orbit, ahead of their 25 July 2018 launch to orbit by Ariane 5. The attachment of the four satellites to their dispenser took place inside the S3B payload preparation building of Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

 
Credits: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG – JM Guillon
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 25 July 2018
Post by: zubenelgenubi on 07/12/2018 07:32 PM
Cross-post:
Iridium Announces Updated Dates for Iridium-7 Launch and Second-Quarter 2018 Earnings Call 

MCLEAN, Va. – July 10, 2018 – Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today an updated launch date for the seventh Iridium® NEXT launch and as a result, a revised date for its second-quarter 2018 earnings call. The Iridium-7 mission is now targeting July 25, 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California with an instantaneous launch window of 4:39:26 am PDT (11:39:26 UTC). This updated schedule comes after SpaceX informed Iridium that more time was needed to prepare the rocket for launch.

VA244 is scheduled to launch only 14 minutes, 25 seconds before Falcon 9/Iridium-7 from Vandenberg!
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 25 July 2018
Post by: Lewis007 on 07/17/2018 05:15 AM
All four sats were transferred to the BAF, and placed on the rocket on July 11.
(credit: CNES facebook)
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 25 July 2018
Post by: jacqmans on 07/17/2018 09:31 AM
Fairing lowered over Galileos 23–26

Their protective fairing being lowered over Galileo satellites 23–26 atop their Ariane 5 inside the BAF Final Assembly Building, ahead of the launch of Arianespace Flight VA244 on Wednesday 25 July.

Credits: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG - S Martin
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 25 July 2018
Post by: jacqmans on 07/17/2018 09:49 AM
Press Release
N°18-2018

Paris, 17 July 2018

Call for Media: Galileo 23-26 close to launch

The last four Galileo satellites of the second FOC (Full Operational Capability) batch are scheduled for launch on 25 July at 11:25 GMT (13:25 CEST, 08:25 local time) from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket, designated
Flight VA244 by Arianespace. 

This launch will be the third and last one using a customised Ariane 5 ES launcher, placing the next four Galileo satellites into the last of the three Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) circular orbits at an altitude of 23 222 km. 

This launch will mark Europe’s 99th Ariane 5 flight. The four new Galileo satellites will bring the constellation from 22 to 26 satellites – further improving Galileo’s positioning accuracy and global reach. ESA and its Galileo partners have deployed
22 Galileo satellites in just over four years.

The Galileo system began Initial Services on 15 December 2016, and more than 100 million commercial devices are using Galileo today. 

Media are invited to take part in an audio briefing on 24 July at 16:30 GMT (18:30 CEST, 13:30 local time) to learn the latest on the status of the system. Journalists interested in joining the briefing should request access information via email to
ESA’s Media Relations Office at: [email protected] by 23 July at the latest. 

Follow the launch 

ESA TV 
In cooperation with Arianespace, ESA TV provides broadcasters with free live videostream of the launch. More information at: http://www.esa.int/esatv/Television

ESA Portal 
The launch will be covered live on ESA’s web Portal at www.esa.int, including livestream and launch updates. 

Social media 
Follow the launch on social media:
Twitter: @esa and the hashtag #Galileo 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanSpaceAgency 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ESA
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 25 July 2018
Post by: jacqmans on 07/17/2018 02:44 PM
Flight VA244: Arianespace’s Ariane 5 launch for the Galileo constellation and Europe

July 17, 2018


For its fourth launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit four more satellites (satellites 23 to 26) for the Galileo constellation. This mission is being performed on behalf of the European Commission under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA).

For the third time, an Ariane 5 ES version will be used to orbit satellites in Europe’s own satellite navigation system; with all Galileo spacecraft having been launched to date by Arianespace. Ariane 6 will take over from 2020.

Arianespace is proud to mobilize its entire family of launch vehicles for the benefit of Europe’s ambitions and its independent access to space.

The Flight VA244 will be from Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) in Kourou, French Guiana.

The Launch Readiness Review (LRR) will take place on Friday, July 20, 2018 in Kourou, to authorize the start of operations for the final countdown.

Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. Currently providing Initial Services, Galileo is interoperable with GPS and Glonass, the U.S. and Russian global satellite navigation systems. By offering dual frequencies as standard, Galileo is set to deliver real-time positioning accuracy down to the meter range.

The constellation will count 24 operational satellites plus in-orbit spares, of which 22 already have been put into orbit by Arianespace.

In July 2017, ESA officially transferred the supervision of Galileo in-orbit operations to the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA), on behalf of the European Union. After the VA244 launch, the GSA will be responsible for operating the satellites as soon as they are separated from the launcher. These operations of setting up and operating the system will be done in collaboration with ESA.

The Galileo satellites are built by prime contractor OHB System in Bremen, Germany, with the payloads supplied by UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), which is an Airbus Defense and Space affiliate.
For further information, download the Flight VA244 Launch Kit by clicking here: http://www.arianespace.com/press-kits/
To watch a live, high-speed online transmission of the launch (including commentary in French and English from the launch site), go to arianespace.com or to youtube.com/arianespace on July 25, 2018, beginning 20 minutes before liftoff.
Title: Re: Ariane 5 VA244 - Galileo-FOC FM019, 20, 21&22 - 25 July 2018
Post by: Lewis007 on 07/18/2018 06:05 AM
Encapsulation took place on July 12
(credit: CNES facebook)