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Launcher elements arrive in French Guiana for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 ECA dual-satellite mission
March 13, 2006

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_292.html

"Following the Ariane 5 ECA's dual-payload mission success on March 11, initial activity has started for Arianespace's next heavy-lift launch - which is targeted for mid–May with the Satmex 6 and THAICOM 5 satellites.

Major elements for this Ariane 5 ECA vehicle are now at the Spaceport in French Guiana, having arrived from Europe last week aboard Arianespace's MN Colibri transport ship. The launcher components were unloaded at the Pariacabo dock and transferred by road to the Spaceport.

Arianespace uses two ocean–going vessels - the MN Toucan and MN Colibri - to transport large launcher components from Europe to French Guiana. This ensures a regular, and highly controlled, shipment of elements for Ariane missions.

The Satmex 6 spacecraft to be orbited by Ariane 5 will be one of the most powerful telecommunications satellites to offer coverage over the Americas. Built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California, Satmex 6 is to carry 36 C–band and 24 Ku–band transponders. Its coverage area will reach from the northern United States to southern Argentina, and is to be capable of handling the strong demand expected for video, data and voice transmission services.

Satmex 6 will be operated by Satelites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (Satmex), a leading satellite services provider for Latin America.

Joining Satmex 6 on the Ariane 5 ECA launch in May will be the Alcatel Alenia Space-built THAICOM 5 spacecraft, which will provide telecom and television services throughout the Asia/Pacific region from its orbital position at 78.5 degrees East. It will be equipped with 14 Ku-band transponders and 24 C-band transponders, and is to have a launch mass of around 2,800 kg.

Operated by Shin Satellite Inc. of Thailand, THAICOM 5 will eventually replace the company's older THAICOM 1 and 2 satellites."

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RE: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 17
« Reply #1 on: 03/28/2006 07:24 PM »
Mission preparations begin for Arianespace's second dual-satellite Ariane 5 flight of 2006
March 27, 2006
 
http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_293.html

"The heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA for Arianespace's next dual-payload mission is now taking shape at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

Preparations for this upcoming launch - scheduled for mid-May with the Satmex 6 and THAICOM 5 satellites - began with the positioning of Ariane 5's core cryogenic stage over the mobile launch table. This activity took place in the Launcher Integration Building, where Ariane 5's initial assembly will continue with the mating of its two solid boosters to the cryogenic stage"

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RE: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 17
« Reply #2 on: 04/04/2006 02:49 PM »
Arianespace's heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA is fitted with its powerful upper stage
April 4, 2006

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_294.html
 
"Assembly of the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA for Arianespace's mid-May mission marked another milestone with the integration of its ESC-A upper stage.

Produced by Astrium, the cryogenic ESC-A upper stage is part of the propulsion system that provides increased lift capabilities for the Ariane 5 ECA. It is powered by Snecma Moteurs' proven third stage HM-7B engine - which provided years of reliable service on Ariane 4.

The Ariane 5 ECA's build-up is continuing inside the Spaceport's launcher assembly building, after which the vehicle will be transferred to the final assembly facility for integration of its dual-satellite payload."

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RE: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 17
« Reply #3 on: 04/06/2006 07:30 AM »
You can see how fast intergration takes place. The launcher first stage and the boosters are already in place ready for the payload.

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RE: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 17
« Reply #4 on: 04/14/2006 02:39 PM »
The basic Ariane 5 is complete with the installation of its guidance and control systems
April 13, 2006

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_295.html

"The heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA for Arianespace's next dual-payload mission has completed the initial build-up with the integration of its vehicle equipment bay - also known as the launcher's "brains."

Supplied by EADS Astrium, this large ring-shaped component is equipped with the power distribution system, flight control unit, telemetry system and other elements that provide flight guidance, orientation and sequencing during the Ariane 5's mission.

The vehicle equipment bay's advanced systems include highly precise laser gyros - which help give Ariane 5 the most accurate orbital injection of any commercial launch system. This ensures spacecraft payloads are placed in the right orbit, every time, thereby maximizing the satellites' revenue-producing operations during their operational lifetime.

With the vehicle equipment bay now installed, preparations are continuing with the Ariane 5 ECA inside the Spaceport's launcher integration building at French Guiana. The vehicle subsequently will be transferred to the final assembly building, where the mission's two payloads will be integrated."

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RE: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 17
« Reply #5 on: 04/25/2006 02:49 PM »
The first payload for Arianespace's upcoming dual-satellite mission arrives in French Guiana
April 22, 2006

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_296.html

"Preparations for Arianespace's next heavy-lift mission entered a new phase today as the first of two telecommunications satellites to be orbited by the Ariane 5 ECA arrived in French Guiana.

The THAICOM 5 spacecraft for Thailand's Shin Satellite Public Company Limited touched down at Cayenne's Rochambeau International Airport aboard an Antonov An-124-100 cargo transport, and was unloaded for its trip by road to the Spaceport."

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RE: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 17
« Reply #6 on: 04/25/2006 07:52 PM »
April 25, 2006

Satellite preparation is in full swing for the upcoming Ariane 5 mission
 
http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/news_sub_missionupdate_index.html

The state-of-the-art S5 satellite preparation facility at Europe's Spaceport is busy with activity as the two payloads for Arianespace's upcoming heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission undergo their pre-launch checkout.
 
 
With the arrival of both THAICOM 5 and Satmex 6 in French Guiana during the past several days, the launch campaign is now at its full pace. As the satellites progress through their preparation process in the large S5 facility, the Ariane 5 ECA is being readied in the launcher assembly building at the Spaceport.

In the photo at right, Satmex 6 is lowered on to the adapter cone that serves as the interface between the spacecraft and the Ariane 5.

Satmex 6 is based on a Space Systems/Loral FS-1300X satellite bus. It carries 36 C-band transponders for Continental U.S. and South America and Continental coverage, along with and 24 Ku-Band transponders serving the U.S., Mexico and Continental regions, with a hot spot over the major cities in South America.

The satellite will have a mass at liftoff of approximately 5,700 kg., and is to be operated by Mexico's Satelites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V.

For Arianespace's upcoming Ariane 5 ECA mission in May, Satmex 6 will be orbited with THAICOM 5, which will join the satellite fleet of Thailand's Shin Satellite Public Company Limited. THAICOM 5 is equipped with 14 Ku-band transponders and 24 C-band transponders.

The May mission will be the second Arianespace flight of 2006, and follows the March 11 dual-payload success that placed the SPAINSAT and HOT BIRDTM 7A telecommunications platforms into highly accurate geostationary transfer orbits.
 
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RE: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 26
« Reply #7 on: 04/27/2006 04:46 PM »
Europe's Spaceport prepares for another record-setting Ariane 5 performance on May 26
April 27, 2006

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_298.html
 
"Arianespace has set May 26 for the liftoff of its next Ariane 5 ECA mission, as the heavy-lift launcher and its dual-satellite payload advance through their preparation process at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

Speaking to attendees at Arianespace's 2006 Customer Seminar this week, Chief Executive Officer Jean-Yves Le Gall said the company remains on track for a busy 2006 - with a full manifest of six Ariane 5 launches targeted during the year.

"We have a mature vehicle with the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA, and this capable launcher is backed up by a highly motivated workforce and a proven industrial production system," Le Gall explained to invitees at the Customer Seminar, which brought together representatives from international satellite operators, spacecraft manufacturers and space agencies for a two-day briefing at the Spaceport.

Le Gall said the May 26 flight will set another payload record for a mission to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), with the launcher's Satmex 6 and Thaicom 5 satellite passengers weighing in at a combined payload mass of 8.3 metric tons.

Both Satmex 6 and Thaicom 5 are in the Spaceport's state-of-the-art S5 satellite preparation facility, while the Ariane 5 ECA is completing its initial build-up in the Launcher Integration Building."

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RE: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 26
« Reply #8 on: 05/02/2006 02:18 PM »
Very smooth ops from the Ariane people.

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Re: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 26
« Reply #9 on: 05/13/2006 08:18 AM »
The heavy-lift Ariane 5 transfers to the Final Assembly Building for payload integration
May 12, 2006

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_299.html

"The launch campaign for Arianespace's next heavy-lift mission moved into a new phase this week following the Ariane 5 ECA launcher's transfer to the Final Assembly Building at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

Riding on its massive launch table, the Ariane 5 ECA emerged from the Launcher Integration Building (where the vehicle's basic assembly was performed), and moved along a 2.5-km. semi-circular rail line to the Final Assembly Building for the installation of its dual satellite payload.

The mobile launch table is one of two that are dedicated to Ariane 5 missions, with both now configured to accommodate the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA version - which has an increased-performance cryogenic upper stage. These two launch tables give Arianespace the capability of performing a maximum of two Ariane 5 ECA missions within a month."

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Re: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 26
« Reply #10 on: 05/13/2006 02:15 PM »

Ariane 5 is proving to be a real winner. Does anyone know if there are plans for an Ariane 6?

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RE: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 26
« Reply #11 on: 05/13/2006 08:43 PM »
I wonder if that guy on the lower left is sticking his used chewing gum onto the satellite!   :)

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Re: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 26
« Reply #12 on: 05/16/2006 03:18 PM »
Satmex 6 and Thaicom 5 are fueled for their upcoming Ariane 5 heavy-lift launch
May 15, 2006

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_300.html

"The two payloads to be orbited by Arianespace's next record-setting Ariane 5 ECA mission have been filled with their on-board propellant at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

The fueling took place in the state-of-the-art S5 satellite preparation facility, where both telecommunications spacecraft are continuing their final check-out for the May 26 liftoff.

The Thaicom 5 satellite is loaded with Monomethylhydrazine (MMH) fuel in the S5 facility's 400-sq.-meter S5B hall.

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The Satmex 6 satellite undergoes its propellant loading process in the 300-sq-meter S5A fueling hall of the S5 building.

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RE: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 26
« Reply #13 on: 05/18/2006 08:00 PM »

May 17, 2006

Launcher integration begins for Ariane 5's dual-satellite payload


"The record-setting payload for Arianespace's upcoming heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA mission is now being integrated with launcher hardware as preparations enter their final phase for the May 26 liftoff from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

Our photo report from the Spaceport details the activity with Thailand's Thaicom 5 and Satmex 6 for Mexico.

Thaicom 5 makes its first contact with launcher hardware as the satellite is lowered onto the cone-shaped payload adapter that serves as the interface between the spacecraft and its Ariane 5. This activity was performed in the S5B integration hall of the Spaceport's state-of-the-art S5 satellite preparation building. Manufactured by Alcatel Alenia Space, Thaicom 5 will be operated by Shin Satellite Public Company Limited for Ku-band and C-band telecommunications and television services throughout the Asia/Pacific region.

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The Satmex 6 satellite is positioned inside the spacecraft integration area of Ariane 5's Final Assembly Building, where it will be encapsulated in the launcher payload fairing (which is partly visible at left with the Satmex 6 and Arianespace logos). With a liftoff mass of approximately 5,700 kg., Satmex 6 is more than twice the weight of the Thaicom 5 spacecraft. Together, their combined mass at launch will provide the Ariane 5 ECA with a record payload performance for a mission to geostationary transfer orbit.

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Ariane 5's payload fairing is lowered over the Satmex 6 satellite, completing the integration process for this upper passenger in the launcher's payload "stack." The Satmex 6/payload fairing combination will then be positioned atop Thaicom 5, once this lower passenger is installed on the Ariane 5 and enclosed in the SYLDA 5 payload dispenser system."

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Re: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 26
« Reply #14 on: 05/19/2006 02:46 PM »
The record-setting Ariane 5 launcher is complete!
May 18, 2006

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_302.html

"Launch team members "topped off" the Ariane 5 ECA heavy-lift launcher today by completing the integration of its record-setting dual satellite payload, which has a combined weight of approximately 8.3 metric tons."

"Liftoff of the dual-satellite flight is set for May 26 during a 45 min. launch window that opens at 6:09 p.m. at the Spaceport (21h09 GMT, 4:09 p.m. in Mexico City and 4:09 a.m. on May 27 in Bangkok)."

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Re: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 26
« Reply #15 on: 05/22/2006 02:52 PM »
Question:
Anyone who knows what all those little red tag like thingies are that are on the payload fairing?

Thanks in advance!
Spiff
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RE: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 27
« Reply #16 on: 05/24/2006 01:16 PM »
Launch date moved one day.

Liftoff of SATMEX 6 - THAICOM 5 is now set for Saturday, May 27, 2006
 
Evry, May 24, 2006. Following an equipment alert on the launch vehicle, Arianespace has decided to conduct complementary checks. Following the successful completion of these checks, Arianespace has decided to restart the final countdown for its mission with the SATMEX 6 and THAICOM 5 satellites.

Liftoff of the Ariane 5 ECA launcher is now set for the night of Saturday, May 27 at the opening of the following launch window:

>> KOUROU: From 06:09pm to 06:54pm on May 27, 2006.

>> GMT: From 09:09pm to 09:54pm on May 27, 2006.

>> PARIS: From 11:09pm to 11:54pm on May 27, 2006.

>> WASHINGTON: From 05:09pm to 05:54pm on May 27, 2006.

>> MEXICO: From 04:09pm to 04:54pm on May 27, 2006.

>> BANGKOK: From 04:09am to 04:54am on May 28, 2006.

Follow the launch live on the internet: http://www.videocorner.tv/index.php?langue=en
(Starting 20 minutes before lift-off).

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Re: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 27
« Reply #17 on: 05/24/2006 03:10 PM »
Internal ESA:

Ariane 5 ECA / V171 - Performance record to be set on 27 May 2006

An Ariane 5 ECA is scheduled for launch from Kourou on 27 May 2006 with a dual payload on board. This launcher will set a performance record when about 9172 kg (including about 990 kg for the adaptor structures) will be placed into geostationary transfer orbit. This flight is the fifth of the Ariane 5 ECA version

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RE: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 27
« Reply #18 on: 05/26/2006 05:37 AM »
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Chris Bergin - 24/5/2006  9:03 AM
Follow the launch live on the internet: http://www.videocorner.tv/index.php?langue=en
(Starting 20 minutes before lift-off).

Cool...I'll try to catch it!

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Re: Ariane 5 ECA - Satmex 6 & THAICOM 5 - May 27
« Reply #19 on: 05/26/2006 02:11 PM »
The go-ahead is given for Ariane 5's record-setting launch
May 25, 2006

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_304.html

"Arianespace's heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission with the Satmex 6 and Thaicom 5 satellites has been cleared for its May 27 liftoff.

The go-ahead came with today's launch readiness review, which validated the mission-ready status of the Ariane 5 ECA and its two spacecraft passengers, along with the infrastructure at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana and the network of down-range tracking stations.

With the review's successful completion, the launch campaign has now moved into its final phase. Tomorrow, the Ariane 5 will be rolled out of the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building and transferred to the launch zone. On the May 27 launch day, the final countdown will include a last series of electrical system checks, followed by the main cryogenic stage's fueling with liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen."

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