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December 7, 2012

As Arianespace nears completion of its 2012 launch activity, preparations
are underway for the company's initial heavy-lift flight next year as an
Ariane 5 takes shape for an early February mission from French Guiana with
the Amazonas 3 and Azerspace/Africasat-1 telecommunications satellites.

Assembly of the vehicle began this week in the Spaceport's Launcher
Integration Building, where its cryogenic main stage was positioned over one
of two operational mobile launch tables for Ariane 5, followed by mating of
the two solid propellant boosters.

The launcher is now ready to be equipped with its cryogenic upper stage and
vehicle equipment bay, enabling the Ariane 5's subsequent transfer into the
Final Assembly Building for integration of the dual-satellite payload.

This mission is designated Flight VA212, signifying the 212th launch of an
Ariane vehicle since the European launcher family entered service in
December 1979.

The Azerspace/Africasat-1 payload to be orbited on Ariane 5's 2013
year-opening flight is to provide C- and Ku-band communications services to
Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa from an orbital location at 46
deg. East Longitude. It was built by Orbital Sciences Corporation based on
Orbital's Star-2 platform. The satellite was contracted by the Republic of
Azerbaijan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies - which
is the sole shareholder in the country's national satellite operator,
Azercosmos.

Joining Azerspace/Africasat-1 on next February's mission is Amazonas 3,
which will be utilized by Spanish satellite communication operator HISPASAT
and its Brazilian subsidiary, HISPAMAR Satellites. Built by Space
Systems/Loral using an LS 1300 platform, it will be positioned at the 61
deg. West orbital slot, providing relay capacity through 52 simultaneous
transponders: 33 in Ku-band and 19 C-band, along with nine Ka-band spot
beams.

Flight VA212 will maintain Arianespace's sustained heavy-lift mission
cadence with Ariane 5, which was demonstrated again during 2012. Six Ariane
5 missions have been performed so far this year from the Spaceport, with
another planned for December 19. In other activity at the Spaceport in 2012,
two medium-lift Soyuz flights were conducted by Arianespace, along with the
light-lift Vega's maiden launch.

Adding to the year's activity was a Soyuz mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome
in Kazakhstan that was launched by Arianespace's Starsem affiliate.

Follow Arianespace's launch activity at: www.arianespace.com.
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Arianespace's first Ariane 5 for launch in 2013 marks another preparation milestone

December 11, 2012 – Ariane Flight VA212

 The initial Ariane 5 for launch by Arianespace in 2013 has completed its basic build-up at the Spaceport, advancing preparations for a February liftoff from French Guiana with the Amazonas 3 and Azerspace/Africasat-1 telecommunications satellites.
 
This Ariane 5 was equipped with its ESC-A cryogenic upper stage and vehicle equipment bay during activity conducted yesterday inside the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, with the components installed as a single unit atop the cryogenic core stage. The launcher is now being readied for transfer to the Final Assembly Building, where the dual-satellite payload will be integrated.

The Azerspace/Africasat-1 payload for Arianespace’s year-opening mission will provide C- and Ku-band communications services to Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa from an orbital location at 46 deg. East Longitude. Orbital Sciences Corporation built the Star-2-based relay platform under contract to the Republic of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies – which is the sole shareholder in the country's national satellite operator, Azercosmos.
 
Accompanying this Azerbaijani satellite will be Amazonas 3, produced for Spanish satellite communications operator HISPASAT and its Brazilian subsidiary, HISPAMAR Satellites. Once positioned at the 61 deg. West orbital slot, it is to provide relay capacity through 52 simultaneous transponders: 33 in Ku-band and 19 C-band, along with nine Ka-band spot beams. Amazonas 3 was built by Space Systems/Loral using an LS 1300 platform.
 
This mission is designated Flight VA212, signifying the 212th launch of an Ariane vehicle since the European launcher family entered service in December 1979.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2012/992.asp
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Amazonas 3 arrives in French Guiana for Arianespace’s year-opening Ariane 5 launch

January 14, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA212
 
The HISPASAT Amazonas 3 satellite for Arianespace’s first Ariane 5 mission of 2013 has arrived in French Guiana, marking the start of payload preparations for this year-opening dual-passenger flight from the Spaceport.
 
Amazonas 3 was delivered by a chartered An-124 cargo jetliner, which touched down at Félix Eboué Airport near Cayenne, the capital city of French Guiana. 

Built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California, the satellite is based on the company’s LS1300 platform, and will have a liftoff mass of 6.2 metric tons. After deployment by Ariane 5, it is to be located at a 61º West orbital position – enabling the spacecraft to offer coverage across the entire American continent, along with Europe and North Africa.

Amazonas 3 will operate in the Ka-, Ku- and C-bands, with its novel Ka-band payload positioning the HISPASAT Group as Latin America’s first operator capable of offering interactive services and multimedia applications via satellite to a large number of users. The relay platform has a designed operating lifetime of more than 15 years.
 
In addition to providing expanded Internet access in the region, other services will be available via Amazonas 3, including television broadcasting, the deployment of corporate fixed and mobile telephone networks, along with tele-education and tele-medicine, broadband and integrated communications solutions for telecommunications operators.
 
Amazonas 3 will be orbited by Ariane 5 along with the Azerspace/Africasat-1a telecommunications satellite on a mission set for February 7. This is the first of six heavy-lift Ariane 5 launches planned by Arianespace in another busy year of activity at the Spaceport. Also scheduled during 2013 are four medium-lift Soyuz flights and one with the new light-lift Vega from French Guiana. This will be complemented by a Soyuz liftoff at Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, operated under the responsibility of Arianespace’s Euro-Russian Starsem subsidiary.
 
http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1001.asp
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Azerspace/Africasat-1a is prepared for Arianespace’s first Ariane 5 launch in 2013
 

January 15, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA212

Pre-launch checkout is now underway in French Guiana with Azerspace/Africasat-1a, which is one of two satellite passengers to be orbited on Arianespace’s first flight in 2013 with its workhorse heavy-lift Ariane 5.

Azerspace/Africasat-1a was designed and built by Orbital Sciences Corporation based on its STAR-2 platform, under contract to the Republic of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies – which is the sole shareholder in the country's national satellite operator, Azercosmos.
 
Carrying 36 active C- and Ku-band transponders, the spacecraft is to provide communications services to Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa from an orbital location of 46 deg. East.  Azerspace/Africasat-1 will weigh approximately 3,250 kg. at liftoff, and has a designed mission life of 15 years.

Joining Azerspace/Africasat-1 on Ariane 5’s upcoming mission will be Amazonas 3, which arrived in French Guiana earlier this month and will be utilized by Spanish satellite communication operator HISPASAT and its Brazilian subsidiary, HISPAMAR Satellites. Outfitted with Ku-, C- and Ka-band transponders, this Space Systems/Loral-built spacecraft will be positioned at the 61 deg. West orbital slot following its deployment by Ariane 5.

Arianespace’s launch with Azerspace/Africasat-1 and Amazonas 3 is planned for February 7 from the Spaceport in French Guiana. It will follow a medium-lift Soyuz flight conducted on February 4 at Baikonur Cosmodrome by the Euro-Russian Starsem affiliate of Arianespace – orbiting the final batch of six satellites for Globalstar’s second-generation constellation. 

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1002.asp
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The two satellite passengers for Arianespace’s initial Ariane 5 flight in 2013 are readied at the Spaceport

January 18, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA212
 
Payload preparations for Arianespace’s year-opening Ariane 5 mission are in full swing, with this upcoming flight’s two telecommunications relay platforms – Amazonas 3 and Azerspace/Africasat-1a – undergoing their checkout procedures at the Spaceport.

The Amazonas 3 spacecraft began its pre-launch activity inside the Spaceport’s S1B clean room facility, following an arrival in French Guiana earlier this month aboard a chartered cargo jetliner.

Amazonas 3 will have a liftoff mass of 6.2 metric tons, and carries Ka-, Ku- and C-band transponders for telecommunications services across the Americas, along with Europe and North Africa. Its Ka-band payload positions the HISPASAT Group as Latin America’s first operator capable of offering interactive services and multimedia applications via satellite to a large number of users.
 
The spacecraft was built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California, based on the company’s 1300-series platform. To be positioned at an orbital location of 61 deg. West, it will deliver services that include direct-to-home television, corporate fixed and mobile telephone networks and broadband.

Amazonas 3 will be orbited on Ariane 5’s February 7 mission along with the Azerspace/Africasat-1a spacecraft, which continues its own preparation activity at the Spaceport. Built by Orbital Sciences Corporation under contract to the Republic of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies, Azerspace/Africasat-1a will weigh approximately 3,250 kg. at liftoff, and is to deliver communications services to Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa from an orbital location of 46 deg. East.

This upcoming mission will be the 68th flight of Arianespace’s Ariane 5 from French Guiana, and it is to kick off the company’s 2013 launch activity with its heavy-lift workhorse.

A total of six Ariane 5 flights are scheduled from the Spaceport this year, along with four medium-lift Soyuz launches and one with the light-lift Vega. In addition, Arianespace will orbit the final batch of six satellites for Globalstar’s second-generation constellation on a Soyuz mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome, to be operated by the company’s Starsem affiliate on February 4.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1004.asp
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Azerspace/Africasat-1a is confirmed “fit” for launch on Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission


January 22, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA212


The Azerspace/Africasat-1a satellite on Arianespace’s 2013 year-opening Ariane 5 mission has undergone its fit-check as preparations move ahead for the February 7 dual-passenger flight from French Guiana.
 
During activity in the Spaceport’s S1B clean room facility, this telecommunications relay platform was initially mated with the cone-shape adapter that will serve as its interface with the launcher’s payload “stack.”  Following completion of this milestone, Azerspace/Africasat-1a was transferred to the larger S5 payload preparation building at the Spaceport, where it will be fueled.
 
Orbital Sciences Corporation designed and built Azerspace/Africasat-1a under contract to the Republic of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies – which is the shareholder in the country's national satellite operator, Azercosmos.
 
The satellite is based on Orbital’s STAR-2 platform, and will have a liftoff mass of approximately 3,250 kg., with a designed mission life of 15 years.  It carries 36 active C- and Ku-band transponders, enabling the spacecraft to provide communications coverage for Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa from an orbital location of 46 deg. East. 

Azerspace/Africasat-1a is to be orbited along with Amazonas 3 on the upcoming Ariane 5 flight – the first of six missions planned for Arianespace’s heavy-lift workhorse in 2013.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1006.asp
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Ariane 5 is ready for installation of its two payloads on Arianespace’s first heavy-lift flight of 2013

January 23, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA212
 
Arianespace’s first Ariane 5 for launch in 2013 is now ready to receive its two satellite passengers after this heavy-lift launcher was moved to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building in French Guiana.
 
The Ariane 5 rolled out yesterday 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. 

Under Arianespace’s responsibility, the launcher is now ready to receive its Azerspace/Africasat-1a and Amazonas 3 payloads, followed by final verifications and transfer to the launch zone for a liftoff on February 7.
 
This will be one of six Ariane 5 flights targeted by Arianespace in 2013, maintaining the workhorse vehicle’s sustained mission pace at the Spaceport.  Also planned from French Guiana during the year are five liftoffs with Arianespace’s two other launcher family members: four medium-lift Soyuz flights and one with the light-lift Vega.  In addition, a Soyuz launch is scheduled from Baikonur Cosmodrome, operated on behalf of Arianespace by its Starsem affiliate.
 
Azerspace/Africasat-1a was produced by Orbital Sciences Corporation under contract to the Republic of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies – which is the shareholder in the country's national satellite operator, Azercosmos.  Based on Orbital’s STAR-2 platform, the satellite will have a liftoff mass of approximately 3,250 kg.  It carries 36 active C- and Ku-band transponders, enabling the spacecraft to provide communications coverage for Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa during a designed mission life of 15 years from an orbital location of 46 deg. East.
 
Amazonas 3 was built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California based on the company’s 1300-series platform, and will have a liftoff mass of 6,200 kg. This spacecraft is to be located at a 61º West orbital slot – positioning it for coverage across the entire American continent, along with Europe and North Africa.  Amazonas 3 will operate in the Ka-, Ku- and C-bands, with an operating design lifetime of more than 15 years.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1007.asp
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Payload preparations continue apace for Arianespace’s first two Ariane 5 flights of 2013

January 30, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA212

 Preparations with passengers for Ariane 5’s upcoming two flights are advancing in parallel at the Spaceport, underscoring the flexibility of this workhorse vehicle and highlighting the sustained pace of Arianespace’s launch activity in 2013.
 
The Azerspace/Africasat-1a and Amazonas 3 telecommunications satellites for Ariane 5’s next liftoff – scheduled February 7 on a mission to geostationary transfer orbit – are undergoing processing at the French Guiana launch site
 
Readying Flight VA212’s two satellite passengers
 
In recent preparation activity for Flight VA212, Azerspace/Africasat-1a was fueled in the Spaceport’s S5 processing center, while Amazonas 3 underwent a fit-check inside the launch site’s separate S1B clean room building to validate its compatibility with the interface adapter for Ariane 5’s payload “stack.”
 
The fueled Azerspace/Africasat-1a satellite weighs approximately 3,250 kg. and is based on Orbital Sciences Corporation’s STAR-2 platform. It was produced by the company under contract to the Republic of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies for the country's national satellite operator, Azercosmos. Integrated and tested at Orbital’s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia, Azerspace/Africasat-1a is outfitted with 36 active C- and Ku-band transponders to provide communications coverage for Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa from an orbital location of 46 deg. East longitude.
 
Amazonas 3 was built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California for the HISPASAT Group, and will operate from a 61º West longitude orbital slot. Using the SSL 1300 platform, this 6,200-kg. satellite has 33 Ku-band and 19 C-band transponders, along with 9 Ka-band spot beams, enabling telecommunications services that include direct-to-home television (DTH), corporate fixed and mobile telephone networks, and broadband capacity with coverage across the Americas, Europe, and North Africa.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1010.asp
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The first Ariane 5 flight of 2013 is “go” for its February 7 liftoff
 

February 5, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA212
 
Arianespace’s year-opening Ariane 5 mission has been given the “go” for liftoff on Thursday, February 7 following today’s launch readiness review for this dual-passenger, heavy-lift flight from the Spaceport in French Guiana.

The readiness review – which is held prior to all Arianespace missions – validated the status of Ariane 5, its Amazonas 3 and Azerspace/Africasat-1a spacecraft, along with the Spaceport’s infrastructure and the system of downrange tracking stations.
 
Total lift performance for the Ariane 5 will be an estimated 10,350 kg., composed of approximately 9,540 kg. for the two satellite passengers, along with integration hardware for the dual-payload “stack” and its deployment system.
 
Riding in the payload stack’s upper position is Amazonas 3, which was built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California for the HISPASAT Group, and will operate from a 61º West longitude orbital slot.   Based on the SSL 1300 platform, this 6,265-kg.-class satellite will provide telecommunications relay services that include direct-to-home television (DTH), corporate fixed and mobile telephone networks, and broadband capacity with coverage across the Americas, Europe, and North Africa.  It is equipped with 33 Ku-band and 19 C-band transponders, along with 9 Ka-band spot beams.
 
Installed in the lower position of Ariane 5’s stack is the Azerspace/Africasat-1a satellite, weighing approximately 3,275 kg. at liftoff.  Using Orbital Sciences Corporation’s STAR-2 platform, it carries 36 active C- and Ku-band transponders to provide communications coverage for Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa from an orbital location of 46 deg. East longitude.  The satellite was produced by Orbital under contract to the Republic of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies for the country's national satellite operator, Azercosmos.
 
Thursday evening’s launch is designated Flight VA212, signifying the 212th flight of an Ariane family vehicle.  It will be the first of six heavy-lift Ariane 5 missions planned by Arianespace at the Spaceport in 2013 for its launcher family trio, along with four medium-lift Soyuz flights and one with the light-lift Vega from this French Guiana site.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1015.asp

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The Spaceport’s launch zone welcomes Arianespace’s first Ariane 5 for liftoff in 2013

February 6, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA212

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s initial heavy-lift mission of 2013 is ready for liftoff tomorrow evening from French Guiana with a dual-passenger payload of the Amazonas 3 and Azerspace/Africasat-1a telecommunications satellites.

This vehicle was transferred from the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone earlier today, riding atop one of two operational mobile launch tables for Ariane 5.

Amazonas 3 is installed in the upper position of Ariane 5’s payload “stack” and will be deployed first during the 36-minute mission. Produced by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California for the HISPASAT Group, the spacecraft is to operate from a 61 deg. West longitude orbital slot.   The 6,265-kg.-class relay platform is equipped with 33 Ku-band and 19 C-band transponders, along with nine Ka-band spot beams, and has been designed to provide telecommunications relay services that include direct-to-home television (DTH), corporate fixed and mobile telephone networks, and broadband capacity with coverage across the Americas, Europe, and North Africa.

Positioned below Amazonas 3 in Ariane 5’s payload stack is the Azerspace/Africasat-1a satellite, which weighs approximately 3,275 kg. at liftoff.  It was built by Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Virginia, under contract to the Republic of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies for the country's national satellite operator, Azercosmos.  Azerspace/Africasat-1a carries 24 C-band transponders and 12 Ku-band transponders to deliver communications coverage for Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa from an orbital location of 46 deg. East longitude.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1018.asp

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Final countdown is underway for today’s dual-passenger Arianespace Ariane 5 mission
 

February 7, 2013 – Ariane Flight VA212


Arianespace’s Ariane 5 launch with the Amazonas 3 and Azerspace/Africasat-1a telecommunications satellites is on track for an evening liftoff, as fueling of the heavy-lift vehicle has now been authorized following a mid-day review of weather conditions at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
 
This will be the year-opening launch for Ariane 5, and is to deliver a total payload lift performance to geostationary transfer orbit of 10,350 kg., which includes 9,540 kg. for the two spacecraft passengers.
 
Riding in the upper position of Ariane 5’s payload “stack” is Amazonas 3 – the seventh Spanish satellite to be launched by Arianespace.  Built by Space Systems/Loral for the HISPASAT Group, Amazonas 3 will provide telecommunications relay services over the Americas, Europe, and North Africa, delivering direct-to-home television (DTH), corporate fixed and mobile telephone networks and broadband capacity.
 
Azerspace/Africasat-1a is located in the lower portion of Ariane 5’s payload stack, and it  carries 24 C-band transponders and 12 Ku-band transponders to deliver communications coverage for Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa.  Produced by Orbital Sciences Corporation under contract to the Republic of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies for satellite operator Azercosmos, it will be the initial satellite orbited by Arianespace for this nation situated in the Caucasus region.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1019.asp
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Like the pre-launch music they play, anybody knows who does it?

Sounds like "air" to me but not sure.
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What's the T-0 of the launch window opening?
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What's the T-0 of the launch window opening?

THE ARIANE 5 ECA LAUNCHER LIFT-OFF for this flight is scheduled on February 7 to 8, 2013 as soon as possible within the following launch window:

> Kourou: Between 06:36pm and 07:20pm on February 7

> UTC: Between 09:36pm and 10:20pm on February 7

> Paris: Between 10:36pm and 11:20pm on February 7

> Washington: Between 04:36pm and 05:20pm on February 7


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Yep, not long now. And Rugoz - I don't know the music, but I'll ask.

"Wah wah wah wah" ;D

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