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The first satellite will be flown to French Guiana today:

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Tonight our first satellites will be loaded into the Antanov aircraft and flown to the launch site. See blog: http://bit.ly/12EiUOv !

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O3b's first satellites are ready for shipment to the launch site tonight. See initial vehicle in shipping container. http://yfrog.com/kexb3gmjj

Previous thread about the LEO constellation plans of O3b Networks: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=14296.0
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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #1 on: 04/26/2013 09:16 AM »
The dawn of a new era in connectivity: O3b Networks’ first four satellites arrive for the next Arianespace Soyuz launch

April 25, 2013 – Soyuz Flight VS05
 
The initial four O3b spacecraft to be launched by Arianespace on Soyuz have arrived in French Guiana, taking the global satellite operator one step closer to its goal of deploying a next-generation network that provides emerging market customers with access to fast, flexible and affordable connectivity.
 
These satellites are now in the Spaceport’s S1 payload processing facility near the city of Kourou, having been transferred by road after arriving aboard a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner at Cayenne’s Félix Eboué airport earlier in the week.

“It is beautiful day in Kourou,” Bob Morris, O3b Networks’ Vice President of Space Systems, wrote in the company’s blog after the spacecraft were delivered.
 
Arianespace’s Soyuz mission for O3b is scheduled for June, marking the medium-lift vehicle’s fifth flight from French Guiana since its 2011 introduction at the equatorial launch site.
 
O3b’s Ka-band satellites were built by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, and are to be positioned at a medium-orbit altitude of approximately 8,060 km. – offering high speed, low cost, low-latency Internet and telecommunications services to emerging markets. In addition to the first batch of spacecraft lofted by the upcoming Soyuz mission in June, another Arianespace flight is scheduled to obit four more later this year, followed by an additional four in 2014.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1034.asp

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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #2 on: 04/26/2013 02:40 PM »
The dawn of a new era in connectivity: O3b Networks’ first four satellites arrive for the next Arianespace Soyuz launch

April 25, 2013 – Soyuz Flight VS05
 
The initial four O3b spacecraft to be launched by Arianespace on Soyuz have arrived in French Guiana, taking the global satellite operator one step closer to its goal of deploying a next-generation network that provides emerging market customers with access to fast, flexible and affordable connectivity.
 
These satellites are now in the Spaceport’s S1 payload processing facility near the city of Kourou, having been transferred by road after arriving aboard a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner at Cayenne’s Félix Eboué airport earlier in the week.

“It is beautiful day in Kourou,” Bob Morris, O3b Networks’ Vice President of Space Systems, wrote in the company’s blog after the spacecraft were delivered.
 
Arianespace’s Soyuz mission for O3b is scheduled for June, marking the medium-lift vehicle’s fifth flight from French Guiana since its 2011 introduction at the equatorial launch site.
 
O3b’s Ka-band satellites were built by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, and are to be positioned at a medium-orbit altitude of approximately 8,060 km. – offering high speed, low cost, low-latency Internet and telecommunications services to emerging markets. In addition to the first batch of spacecraft lofted by the upcoming Soyuz mission in June, another Arianespace flight is scheduled to obit four more later this year, followed by an additional four in 2014.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1034.asp
It has been confirmed that these satellites will use same dispenser system as Globalstar, however only lower dispenser section is to be used.

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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #3 on: 05/01/2013 07:15 AM »
Checkout is underway with O3b Networks’ four satellites to be orbited on the next Arianespace Soyuz launch


April 29, 2013 – Soyuz Flight VS05
 
The first four satellites to serve O3b Networks in providing emerging market connectivity worldwide have entered their checkout phase at the Spaceport, readying them for a June flight on Arianespace’s fifth mission from French Guiana with its medium-lift Soyuz launcher.
 
These satellites are now inside the Spaceport’s S1A clean room facility, and have been removed from the shipping containers that protected them during a trans-Atlantic cargo jetliner flight from Europe to the equatorial launch site. 

The spacecraft have a trapezoidal-shaped main body to facilitate their integration on the payload dispenser system to be utilized on the upcoming Soyuz mission.  Operating in Ka-band, the Thales Alenia Space-built satellites will be positioned at a medium-orbit altitude of 8,063 km. – offering high-speed, low-cost, low-latency Internet and telecommunications services for O3b customers in emerging markets. 

In addition to the first batch of O3b spacecraft to be lofted by the Soyuz mission in June, another Arianespace flight is scheduled to orbit four more later this year for the company, followed by an additional four in 2014.
 
As checkout of the O3b satellites gains momentum, activity also is underway in the Spaceport’s northwestern sector to ready their Soyuz vehicle and its ELS launch site for the upcoming mission – which is designated Flight VS05 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system. This includes preparations with the Fregat upper stage in Soyuz’ MiK launcher assembly building, as well as routine launch pad maintenance that is performed between missions.
 
Arianespace has conducted four Soyuz launches to date from French Guiana, beginning with the workhorse medium-lift vehicle’s historic inaugural Flight VS01 at the Spaceport in October 2011 – which orbited two Galileo IOV (In-Orbit Validation) navigation satellites for Europe.  It was followed by Flight VS02 in December 2011, carrying a mixed payload of France’s Pléiades 1A dual-use imaging platform, the Chilean SSOT observation satellite and four French ELISA micro-satellite demonstrators.  Flight VS03 was performed in October 2012 with two more Galileo IOV spacecraft, and Flight VS04 occurred in December 2012 to deploy the Pléiades 1B payload.
 
Soyuz is part of Arianespace’s three-member launcher family, which also includes the heavy-lift Ariane 5 and lightweight Vega – which are operated side-by-side at the Spaceport.  With this inventory, Arianespace is the world’s only launch services provider today that is capable of launching all types of payloads to all orbits – from the smallest institutional and scientific spacecraft to the largest geostationary telecommunications platforms, along with satellite clusters for constellations and resupply vessels to support the International Space Station.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1036.asp
 

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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #4 on: 05/15/2013 01:27 PM »
First satellite has been moved from S1 to S5 yesterday

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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #5 on: 05/16/2013 08:07 PM »
O3b Networks’ initial satellite is fueled for Arianespace’s upcoming Soyuz launch from the Spaceport

May 15, 2013 – Soyuz Flight VS05
 
The first Arianespace Soyuz mission for O3b Networks has moved into its next phase of preparations at the Spaceport, as fueling is now underway with the global satellite services provider’s spacecraft that will provide connectivity for emerging markets worldwide.

This upcoming medium-lift Soyuz launch – designated Flight VS05 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system – will orbit four O3b Networks spacecraft during a June mission from French Guiana.

 Fueling was initiated with FM4 (Flight Model 4) in the launch site’s S5 payload preparation building, where the satellite was transferred after verification of its platform and payload during activity in the separate S1B clean room facility at the Spaceport.
 
O3b Networks’ other three satellites will follow in the fueling process, enabling them to be integrated on a dispenser system that is to deploy the cluster of spacecraft during Arianespace’s Soyuz flight.
 
Built by Thales Alenia Space, these spacecraft are to operate in Ka-band at a medium-orbit altitude of 8,063 km. – offering high-speed, low-cost, low-latency Internet and telecommunications services for O3b customers in emerging markets.  The satellites have a trapezoidal-shaped main body that facilitates their integration on the Soyuz payload dispenser system.
 
In addition to the first batch of four O3b spacecraft for the upcoming Soyuz mission, another Arianespace flight is scheduled to orbit four more later this year, followed by an additional four in 2014.
 
The June mission will be Arianespace’s fifth Soyuz liftoff from the Spaceport since this workhorse medium-lift vehicle was introduced at French Guiana in October 2011.  Soyuz is part of the company’s complete launcher family, which also includes the heavyweight Ariane 5 and light-lift Vega.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1046.asp

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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #6 on: 05/21/2013 09:37 AM »
Readying Arianespace’s first mission for O3b Networks: Launcher and payload integration are underway at the Spaceport
 

May 20, 2013 – Soyuz Flight VS05
 
Preparations for Arianespace’s next Soyuz flight are in full swing at multiple locations across the Spaceport, including the start-up of satellite installation in the S5 payload preparation center, and initiation of launcher build-up within the ELS launch site’s MIK integration building.

 At the Spaceport’s main base area, the first of four O3b Networks satellites to be orbited on the June 24 mission is now mounted on the payload dispenser for Soyuz.  During activity in one of the S5 building’s clean rooms, this trapezoidal-shaped spacecraft was fitted to the tube-shaped dispenser system’s upper and lower attach points.  It will be followed by a clustering of the remaining three spacecraft around the tube, enabling the completed dispenser to be positioned atop Soyuz’ Fregat upper stage and encapsulated inside the payload fairing – creating the launcher’s “upper composite.”
 
In parallel, the Soyuz is taking shape at the ELS launch site’s MIK launcher integration building as the upper and lower sections of its core second stage were aligned for mating on horizontal jigs positioned in the floor-level rail system.  This activity clears the way for installation of the launcher’s four first-stage boosters around the core stage.  Once the integration process is completed with the Soyuz’ centerline third stage, the vehicle will be rolled out to the launch pad and raised to the vertical position – where its upper composite is to be installed.
 
Arianespace’s upcoming launch will be the fifth Soyuz mission from French Guiana since the workhorse medium-lift vehicle’s historic Spaceport introduction in October 2011.  The June 24 flight is designated VS05 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, with Soyuz joining the heavyweight Ariane 5 and light-lift Vega in side-by-side operations at the near-equatorial launch site.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1047.asp
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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #7 on: 05/25/2013 08:10 AM »
Soyuz integration is fully underway for Arianespace’s milestone launch with four O3b Networks satellites

May 23, 2013 – Soyuz Flight VS05

The Soyuz launcher for Arianespace’s next medium-lift mission is rapidly taking shape at French Guiana as this vehicle undergoes its build-up for a June flight with the first four satellites in O3b Networks’ connectivity constellation.

During activity this week in the Spaceport’s MIK launcher integration building for Soyuz, the vehicle’s core second stage was completed with the mating of its upper and lower sections.  Today, team members installed two of Soyuz’ four first-stage boosters, which are clustered around the core stage.

These integration steps are performed with the Soyuz aligned in horizontal jigs positioned with the MIK facility’s floor-level rail system, and will be followed by mating of the launcher’s centerline third stage.

Once completed, the Soyuz will be ready for its rollout to the Spaceport’s ELS launch pad, where it will be raised to the vertical position – preparing it for integration of the O3b Networks satellite payload, performed with the protection of a 53-meter-tall mobile gantry.

The O3b Networks satellites to be orbited on Arianespace’s June 24 mission were built by Thales Alenia Space, and are to be positioned at a medium-Earth orbit altitude of 8,063 km.   Operating in Ka-band, these spacecraft will become part of O3b Networks’ system that offers high-speed, low-cost, low-latency Internet and telecommunications services for customers in emerging markets.

This Soyuz flight will be Arianespace’s fifth with the medium-lift vehicle from the Spaceport since its introduction at French Guiana in October 2011.  Soyuz is part of the company’s complete launcher family, which also includes the heavyweight Ariane 5 and light-lift Vega.

In addition to the first batch of O3b spacecraft to be lofted during the June mission, another Arianespace flight is scheduled to orbit four more later this year for O3b Networks, followed by an additional four in 2014.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1048.asp
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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #8 on: 06/15/2013 07:47 AM »
Kourou mission poster

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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #9 on: 06/20/2013 08:09 AM »
The Launch kit has been published.

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In case you are wondering what's going on since the last update - the satellite has been moved and encapsulated in the fairing along with the upper stage. For some reason Arianespace hasn't post that update on that page yet, but you can find lots of photos of that at http://www.csgpreparationlancement.com/category/soyouz/:)
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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #11 on: 06/20/2013 09:38 AM »
Arianespace prepares for upcoming Soyuz mission at the Spaceport

June 19, 2013 – Flights VS05 and VA214
 
The launch campaign for Arianespace’s upcoming medium-lift Soyuz mission with four trailblazing Internet connectivity satellites is ready for final preparation following encapsulation of the O3b Networks spacecraft at the Spaceport in French Guiana and the launcher’s rollout.
 
The Soyuz flight on June 24 – designated VS05 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system – will have a duration of 2 hours and 22 minutes. Rollout of the three-stage vehicle occurred today, to be followed by payload integration atop the Soyuz.
 
After the powered phases for the Soyuz ST-B vehicle’s first three stages, the Fregat-MT upper stage will perform four burns, allowing deployment of the O3b spacecraft.
 
The Soyuz’ total lift performance for Flight VS05 is estimated at 3,200 kg., which includes a combined mass of approximately 2,800 kg. for the four satellites.

Once operational, these Ka-band relay platforms will initiate the constitution of a satellite constellation to provide telecommunications and Internet services combining high speed and low costs for billions of people across the world who do not yet have adequate internet access.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1056.asp
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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #12 on: 06/20/2013 05:14 PM »
Mission timeline is published on http://novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/forum/messages/forum12/topic13191/message1087521/#message1087521 (or see below).

Soyuz-ST-B launch - 18:53:51 UTC
Fregat-MT separation - 19:03:15
Fregat-MT first burn - 19:04:13.7-19:08:10.1
Fregat-MT second burn - 19:16:41.0-19:25:11.9
Fregat-MT third burn - 20:46:16.0-20:51:17.9
Two O3b satellites separation - 20:54:37.9
Fregat-MT fourth burn - 21:09:38.0-21:09:54.0
Two O3b satellites separation - 21:16:17.9
Fregat-MT fifth burn - 21:36:18.0-21:37:08.0
Fregat-MT sixth burn - 23:49:54.0-23:50:56.5
« Last Edit: 06/20/2013 05:14 PM by anik »

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O3b Networks’ four satellites are integrated on Soyuz for Arianespace’s next mission from French Guiana
June 20, 2013 – Soyuz Flight VS05


The fifth Soyuz to be launched from French Guiana is now complete following the integration of its upper composite consisting of four O3b Networks satellites, their protective payload fairing and the Fregat upper stage.

This activity was performed at the Spaceport’s ELS launch complex near the town of Sinnamary, beginning with the composite’s transfer on a special transporter, followed by hoisting to the upper level of a purpose-built mobile gantry.

Final checkout of the Soyuz is now underway, leading to the Arianespace liftoff planned on Monday, June 24 at precisely 3:53:51 p.m., local time in French Guiana.

The cluster of four O3b Networks satellites to be orbited on Arianespace’s upcoming flight will initiate the creation of a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets.

A total of 12 O3b Networks satellites are to be orbited by Arianespace in groups of four, with the next mission planned for later this year, and another in 2014.  These Ka-band relay platforms are produced by Thales Alenia Space, and have a liftoff mass of 700 kg. each.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1057.asp
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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #14 on: 06/21/2013 09:27 AM »
Two PDF-documents with some info about the O3b satellites.

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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #15 on: 06/23/2013 08:28 PM »
This is pasted from my email:

Arianespace Launch Update:

LANCEMENT ARIANESPACE VS05 / O3b

La Revue d’Aptitude au Lancement (RAL) s’est déroulée le samedi 22 juin 2013 au Centre Spatial Guyanais et a autorisé les opérations de chronologie pour le Vol Soyuz ST-B –O3b.

Pour son cinquième lancement Soyuz depuis le Centre Spatial Guyanais, Arianespace mettra en orbite les quatre premiers satellites de la constellation O3b. Les satellites O3b ont été réalisés sous la maitrise d’œuvre de Thales Alenia Space.

Avec Soyuz, Ariane 5 et Vega au Centre Spatial Guyanais, Arianespace est le seul opérateur au monde à lancer toutes les charges vers toutes les orbites, des plus petits aux plus grands satellites géostationnaires, des grappes de satellites pour les constellations à la desserte de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).

Le lancement sera effectué depuis l'Ensemble de Lancement Soyuz (ELS) en Guyane française, à un instant précis :

15:53:51  (Heure de Guyane) le lundi 24 juin 2013

14:53:51   (Heure de Washington, DC)

18:53:51   (UTC)

20:53:51  (Heure de Paris)

22:53:51  (Heure de Moscou)

Pour suivre l’événement en direct sur Internet et en haut débit, connectez vous sur le site www.arianespace.com (commentaires depuis Kourou en français et en anglais à partir de H-20 mn). Le site Arianespace dispose désormais d'une plate-forme d'hébergement mondiale. Suivez également le lancement en direct sur iPad et iPhone (l’application Arianespace est téléchargeable gratuitement sur iTune).

http://www.arianespace.tv/

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ARIANESPACE FLIGHT VS05 / O3b

THE LAUNCH READINESS REVIEW (RAL) took place in Kourou on Saturday June 22, 2013 and authorized count-down operations for the Soyuz – O3b launch.
For the fifth Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center, Arianespace will orbit the first four satellites in the O3b constellation. These satellites are built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor.

With Soyuz, Ariane 5 and Vega all operating from the Guiana Space Center, Arianespace is the only launch services provider in the world capable of launching all payloads into all orbits, from the largest to the smallest geostationary satellite, as well as clusters of satellites for constellations and missions to support the International Space Station (ISS).

The launch will be performed from the Soyuz launch site (ELS) in Kourou, French Guiana.

Liftoff is scheduled for Monday, June, 2013 at exactly:

03:53:51 pm local time in French Guiana

02:53:51 pm in Washington, D.C.

06:53:51 pm UTC

08:53:51 pm in Paris

10:53:51 pm in Moscow.

Our website www.arianespace.com has upgraded to high-speed transmission and a full-screen format to make it easier for you to follow the company’s activities and to enjoy future launch webcasts. You can also watch the video transmission live on your iPad or  iPhone, the Arianespace App is available on iTune and it’s free.

http://www.arianespace.tv/
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Re: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS05 - O3b-1/2/3/4 - June 24, 2013
« Reply #16 on: 06/23/2013 08:31 PM »
LINK: http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2013/1058.asp

Mission Update:
Ready for a new era in connectivity: Soyuz is given the “go” for Arianespace's first mission with O3b Networks’ satellites

June 22, 2013 – Soyuz Flight VS05

The fifth medium-lift Soyuz has been cleared for launch from the Spaceport in French Guiana on Arianespace’s first mission to loft a cluster of connectivity spacecraft for O3b Networks.

This flight is on track for an afternoon liftoff on Monday, June 24 following today’s launch readiness review, which confirmed the “go” status of Soyuz and its four satellites, along with the Spaceport’s infrastructure and the network of downrange tracking stations.

Payload lift performance for this mission – designated Flight VS05 in Arianespace’s family numbering system – is 3,204 kg., including approximately 2,800 kg. for the four Ka-band satellites, which were produced by Thales Alenia Space for O3b Networks.

Operating from a medium-Earth altitude, the spacecraft will deliver telecommunications and Internet services to Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and the Middle East, combining the global reach of satellite coverage with the speed of a fiber-optic network.  Using the constellation of satellites to be launched by Arianespace, O3b Networks’ strategy is to provide billions of consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low-cost, high-speed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity.

During Arianespace’s upcoming Soyuz flight, the initial two satellites will be released from a dispenser system at just over two hours after liftoff, followed 21 minutes later by the remaining two.  Soyuz’ Fregat upper stage is to perform four separate propulsive burns in the mission profile.

Arianespace is scheduled to perform the second Soyuz launch with four O3b Networks satellites later this year, followed by another mission in 2014.

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