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The sixth Ariane 5 of 2008 begins its integration at the Spaceport
September 22, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update-2008/533.asp

Ariane 5’s stepped-up flight rate in 2008 is being maintained with the debut of integration for this year’s sixth workhorse launcher, which will be utilized for an upcoming dual-payload mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana.

Our photo report highlights the first phases of the latest Arianespace launch campaign, including the heavy-lift Ariane 5’s arrival and the erection of its core cryogenic stage.

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Ariane 5 is readied for a dual-payload mission at the service of Europe’s Eutelsat

October 6, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/534.asp
 
The heavy-lift Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s sixth mission of 2008 is completing its initial build-up in the Launcher Assembly Building at Europe’s Spaceport as preparations continue for a late November liftoff.


This flight will carry two multi-role telecommunications satellites for European operator Eutelsat: HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M.


The November mission was rescheduled from its original October liftoff timing due to a lack of satellite availability from the original manifest. In rapidly rescheduling the flight, Arianespace demonstrated its reactivity in teaming up payloads for Ariane 5’s trademark dual-passenger launches.

HOT BIRD™ 9 will be positioned at Eutelsat's premium video orbital slot of 13 degrees East after its launch on Ariane 5. The spacecraft’s broad footprint and high emission power will allow digital and new HDTV channels – along with interactive services – to be received by small DTH antennas and cable and community networks throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

The W2M spacecraft will be located at Eutelsat's 16 degrees East orbital position, typically providing 26-transponder coverage in Ku-band – with the equivalent of up to 32 transponders depending on operational modes. It is designed to provide services that range from television broadcasting to data networks and broadband. The satellite’s fixed beam will cover Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, while a steerable beam can be re-oriented in-orbit according to market requirements – notably towards Africa and central Asia.


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Arianespace Flight 186 set for end of November with Eutelsat’s HOT BIRDTM 9 and W2M satellites
Paris, Evry, 6 October 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2008/10-06-08-Arianespace-flight186-set.asp

Arianespace and Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) confirm that the upcoming launch of the Ariane 5 ECA will orbit Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M satellites. The launch of Flight 186 is planned to take place in the last week of November and will be the sixth Ariane 5 launch in 2008.

The modification to the Arianespace launch manifest enables Eutelsat to ensure timely entry into service of HOT BIRD™ 9 and accelerates the deployment of the W2M satellite.

Built by EADS Astrium, the construction of HOT BIRD™ 9 was completed in July and the satellite arrived in Kourou from Toulouse on September 16 to be prepared for launch. W2M, which is built by EADS Astrium / ISRO is due to be shipped from Bangalore (India) to Kourou by mid-October to initiate final preparations for launch.

Designed for consumer broadcasting to satellite and cable homes across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, the high-power Ku-band HOT BIRD™ 9 satellite, equipped with 64 transponders, will join Eutelsat’s 13 degrees East position to increase in-orbit sparing at the Group’s premium video neighbourhood. HOT BIRD™ 9 is identical to HOT BIRD™ 8 which was launched to 13 degrees East in August 2006 and HOT BIRD™ 10 which will be orbited by Arianespace beginning of 2009.

W2M will be positioned at Eutelsat’s 16 degrees East position which represents one of the Group’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods for digital broadcasting in central Europe and Indian Ocean islands. Equipped with 26 Ku-band transponders and up to 32 depending on operational modes, the new satellite will replace W2 and provide additional capacity for further service expansion.

About Eutelsat Communications
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 24 satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues. At 30 June 2008, Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting more than 3,120 television channels and 1,100 radio stations. More than 1,100 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD™ video neighbourhood at 13 degrees East which serves over 120 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group’s satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates services through its teleport in Italy that serves enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ 538 commercial, technical and operational experts from 27 countries.
www.eutelsat.com.
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Eutelsat's W2M satellite is delivered by a European/Indian industrial consortium for Ariane 5's next launch
October 20, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/535.asp (with photo)

"The W2M satellite payload for Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission touched down today in French Guiana, arriving in a brightly-colored shipping container that underscores the Indian origins of its spacecraft bus.

W2M is one of two payloads that Arianespace will orbit for Europe’s Eutelsat aboard the next heavy-lift Ariane 5 – joining HOT BIRD™ 9 on the workhorse launcher’s sixth, and final, flight in 2008.

The W2M platform will provide television and radio broadcasting across Europe, and it also carries one steerable beam that can be re-oriented in orbit according to market requirements.  Weighing approximately 3,460 kg. at liftoff, the spacecraft will be positioned at an orbital slot of 16 deg. East following its Ariane 5 launch.

W2M is the product of an alliance between Europe’s EADS Astrium and the ANTRIX commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).  ANTRIX/ISRO supplied the satellite bus, and also was responsible the spacecraft’s integration and test before its shipment to French Guiana.  EADS Astrium is prime contractor in charge of overall W2M program management, and the company also designed and built the communications payload.

W2M will typically operate 26 transponders in Ku-band, with the capacity for up to 32 depending on operational modes. It has a designed operational lifetime of more than 15 years"

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The W2M satellite begins its processing at Europe’s Spaceport for the next Ariane 5 mission


October 22, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/536.asp
 
Eutelsat’s W2M satellite has begun its pre-launch processing at the Spaceport as preparations move into full swing for the upcoming Arianespace launch with a heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA.

The spacecraft will be part of a dual Eutelsat payload for the next Ariane 5 mission, joining the European telecommunications provider’s HOT BIRDTM 9 satellite on the same launch vehicle.

W2M was developed by a European-Indian alliance of EADS Astrium and ANTRIX (the commercial arm of ISRO – the Indian Space Research Organisation), and will have a lift-off mass of 3,460 kg.  The spacecraft is based on ISRO’s I-3K satellite bus, and will have a span of 15.7 meters when its solar panels are fully deployed in orbit.

Positioned at an orbital slot of 16 deg. East, W2M will typically operate 26 transponders in Ku-band, and up to 32 depending on operational modes. 

As with Eutelsat’s other W-series satellites, W2M was designed for flexibility – being able to deliver a wide range of services from television broadcasting to data networks and broadband.   The W2M’s fixed beam will cover Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, while its steerable beam can be re-oriented in-orbit according to market requirements – notably towards Africa and central Asia.

The upcoming Ariane 5 mission will be Arianespace’s wrap-up flight for 2008, and follows five other highly successful launches that orbited eight telecommunications satellites and the Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle for the International Space Station.


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Arianespace receives its sixth Ariane 5 for launch in 2008
October 27, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/537.asp (with photo)

"The sixth Ariane 5 of 2008 has been accepted by Arianespace following its transfer to the Final Assembly Building at Europe’s Spaceport, where the launch vehicle’s dual-satellite payload will be integrated.

This heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA is scheduled for liftoff before the end of 2008, carrying two satellites for European telecommunications provider Eutelsat: HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M.

The Ariane 5 underwent its initial build-up in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, where the core cryogenic stage, two solid propellant boosters, upper stage and vehicle equipment bay were assembled.  After completion, Ariane 5 industrial prime contractor Astrium delivered the vehicle to Arianespace for payload installation, final checkout and launch.

For Arianespace’s upcoming dual-payload mission at the service of Eutelsat, the HOT BIRD 9 and W2M satellite passengers will have a combined liftoff weight of approximately 8,340 kg"

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The W2M satellite “spreads its wings” at the Spaceport
October 30, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/539.asp (with images)

"Preparations for the W2M satellite’s upcoming Ariane 5 launch included a test deployment of the spacecraft’s solar panels this week in clean room conditions at the Spaceport in French Guiana"

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The W2M satellite “spreads its wings” at the Spaceport
October 30, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/539.asp (with images)

"Preparations for the W2M satellite’s upcoming Ariane 5 launch included a test deployment of the spacecraft’s solar panels this week in clean room conditions at the Spaceport in French Guiana"
I would like to see pictures of the damaged solar array during the deployment test.   Rumor has it, someone hit it with a forklift.  I guess the "Alliance" of Ariane and Sea Launch must be coordinating their spacecraft processing procedures.....

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The W2M satellite “spreads its wings” at the Spaceport
October 30, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/539.asp (with images)

"Preparations for the W2M satellite’s upcoming Ariane 5 launch included a test deployment of the spacecraft’s solar panels this week in clean room conditions at the Spaceport in French Guiana"
I would like to see pictures of the damaged solar array during the deployment test.   Rumor has it, someone hit it with a forklift.  I guess the "Alliance" of Ariane and Sea Launch must be coordinating their spacecraft processing procedures.....

Does this mean a long delay for Eutelsat W2M? (like Measat 3A)

Note: Looks like there is no problem according to latest mission update.
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Fueling of HOT BIRD TM 9 is performed in preparation for its Ariane 5 launch for Eutelsat

November 7, 2008

Satellite preparations for Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 launch are moving into their final phase with the fueling HOT BIRD™ 9 – which is one of two passengers to be orbited on this mission for the Eutelsat telecommunications operator.

HOT BIRD 9 was “topped off” today in the S5A fueling hall, which is located in the center of the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation building.  The satellite will join Eutelsat’s W2M spacecraft on Ariane 5’s year-end flight from French Guiana, closing out Arianespace’s launch activity for 2008.

Built by EADS Astrium, HOT BIRD 9 carries a payload of 64 Ku-band transponders and will have a liftoff mass of 4,880 kg.  Its high emission power will support the relay of digital and new high-definition TV channels – along with interactive services – for reception by small direct-to-home antennas, as well distribution through cable and community networks.  The coverage area is throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

The three-axis stabilized satellite is designed for an operational lifetime of more than 15 years, with an end-of-life power of 14.5 kW.  After its launch by Ariane 5, HOT BIRD 9 will be positioned at Eutelsat’s premium video neighborhood orbital slot of 13 deg. East.

HOT BIRD 9’s co-passenger on the upcoming Ariane 5 mission is W2M, a television and radio broadcast satellite for Eutelsat coverage across Europe.  It also carries a steerable beam that can be re-oriented in orbit according to market requirements.

W2M will have a mass of approximately 3,460 kg. at liftoff,  and is to be positioned at an orbital slot of 16 deg. East.   The satellite was developed by a European-Indian alliance of EADS Astrium and ANTRIX (the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/541.asp (with photo)

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The W2M satellite “spreads its wings” at the Spaceport
October 30, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/539.asp (with images)

"Preparations for the W2M satellite’s upcoming Ariane 5 launch included a test deployment of the spacecraft’s solar panels this week in clean room conditions at the Spaceport in French Guiana"
I would like to see pictures of the damaged solar array during the deployment test.   Rumor has it, someone hit it with a forklift.  I guess the "Alliance" of Ariane and Sea Launch must be coordinating their spacecraft processing procedures.....

Does this mean a long delay for Eutelsat W2M? (like Measat 3A)

Note: Looks like there is no problem according to latest mission update.
No, the mission update only discussed the status of Hotbird and is silent on the W2M incident.

It is believed that the panel can be repaired and the damaged solar cells replaced.  These repairs will need to be done by personel from ISRO.  Still some issues as to how quickly the ISRO technicians can get their VISA's and travel to the launch site to work on the repairs.

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HOT BIRD™ 9 starts its integration with Ariane 5 launch vehicle hardware
November 18, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/542.asp (with photo)
 
"The dual-satellite payload for Arianespace’s sixth mission of 2008 is beginning its integration process with launcher hardware as preparations move forward for the year-end flight of HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M at the service of Europe’s telecommunications operator, Eutelsat.

These activities include the installation of HOT BIRD 9 on its cone-shape adapter unit, which functions as the interface between the satellite and its Ariane 5. The integration occurred this week inside the S5 payload integration building at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

HOT BIRD 9 was built by EADS Astrium, and is configured with 64 Ku-band transponders. With a liftoff mass of 4,880 kg., the satellite’s high power output power will be used for digital and new high-definition TV channels, as well as interactive services. Its transmissions will be received by small direct-to-home antennas, and also are to be distributed through cable and community networks. The coverage area extends throughout Europe, and also reaches North Africa and the Middle East.

After deployment from the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA, HOT BIRD 9 will be positioned at Eutelsat’s premium video neighborhood orbital slot of 13 deg. East."

Arianespace launch with HOT BIRDTM 9 and W2M: Liftoff is set for Wednesday, December 10
Evry, France, November 19, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2008/19-11-08-Hotbird9-W2M-launchdate-set.asp

"On its sixth launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit two communications satellites: HOT BIRD™ 9 and W2M for the European operator Eutelsat.
 
Liftoff of the Ariane 5 is set for the night of Wednesday, December 10 at the opening of the following launch window:
From 6:35 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., local time in Kourou, French Guiana,
From 4:35 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
From 9:35 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. UTC,
From 10:35 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. in Paris,
From 6:35 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in Tokyo, on December 11."

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http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2008/28-11-08-Hotbird9-W2M-launchdate-postponed.asp

Arianespace: next Ariane 5 launch postponed
Evry, France, November 28, 2008

Due to logistics difficulties in French Guiana, Arianespace has decided to postpone the next Ariane 5 launch, initially scheduled for Wednesday December 10th.

A new launch date will be announced as soon as possible.

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Is this on a day-for-day slip for as long as the protests go on?  Would that put this at NET 19 Dec?

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Due to logistics difficulties in French Guiana

Nice sentence !   ::)
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Now is launchdate defined on December 20

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December 20 is set as the liftoff date for Arianespace’s wrap-up mission of 2008
December 5, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/545.asp

The sixth Ariane 5 mission of 2008 has been set for December 20, 2008, carrying a dual satellite payload for the European telecommunications operator Eutelsat.

It will be Arianespace’s final mission of this year, as well as the 42nd launch of an Ariane 5.

The heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA version will loft HOT BIRD™ 9, which has a liftoff mass of 4,880 kg., along with the 3,460-kg. W2M satellite.

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Eutelsat's W2M spacecraft begins final preparations for the Ariane 5 launch on December 20
December 8, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/546.asp (with photos!)

Integration of the Eutelsat W2M satellite for its upcoming Ariane 5 launch moved into a new phase today with this spacecraft’s installation on the cone-shaped adapter system that serves as its interface with the heavy-lift launch vehicle.

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HOT BIRD™ 9 is prepared for Ariane 5’s upcoming dual-payload mission


December 9, 2008

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2008/547.asp
 
The first satellite for Arianespace’s year-ending mission of 2008 began its final integration phase today, with HOT BIRD™ 9 installed atop the launch vehicle’s dual-payload dispenser at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

HOT BIRD 9 is one of two spacecraft to be orbited for Europe’s Eutelsat telecommunications organization on the December 20 flight, joining W2M aboard the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA.

During this morning's activity inside the Ariane 5 Final Assembly Building at the Spaceport, HOT BIRD 9 was lowered into place atop the SYLDA dispenser (see photo, at right).  This positions the satellite in the upper portion of the payload “stack,” and readies the HOT BIRD 9/SYLDA element to be encapsulated inside the payload fairing.

The next step will be to install W2M on the Ariane 5’s central core stage, after which the HOT BIRD 9/SYLDA/payload fairing combination will be placed over the satellite – completing the launch vehicle.

Arianespace’s December 20 launch with HOT BIRD 9 and W2M will be the sixth flight of the workhorse Ariane 5 in 2008.

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