Author Topic: Ariane 5 Flight VA226 - NBN Co 1A & ARSAT-2 - Sept. 30, 2015 (20:30 UTC)  (Read 65766 times)

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Arianespace’s launch cadence continues: the Ariane 5 arrives for a September dual-payload mission with NBN Co 1A and ARSAT-2

July 23, 2015 – Ariane Flight VA226

Arianespace is maintaining its 2015 mission pace as components for another Ariane 5 have arrived in French Guiana – with the latest heavy-lift vehicle scheduled to orbit two telecommunications spacecraft during September: NBN Co 1A for Australia’s National Broadband Network, and ARSAT-2 for Argentinean satellite operator ARSAT.

The launcher elements were delivered this week aboard the MN Toucan, which is one of two roll-on/roll-off sea-going vessels utilized for the transportation of launch vehicle stages from Europe to South America for Arianespace missions. They subsequently were unloaded for transfer by road to the nearby Spaceport.

NBN Co 1A is one of two satellites whose launches are entrusted to Arianespace by the National Broadband Network for high-speed broadband service. They will provide fast internet to up to 200,000 homes, farms and businesses in remote parts of the country at speeds that city residents currently take for granted.

SSL (Space Systems Loral) produced NBN Co 1A using the company’s SSL 1300 platform, with a design service lifetime of 15 years or more.

Joining this satellite on Arianespace’s September dual-payload mission is ARSAT-2, which will provide ARSAT with a wide range of telecommunications, data transmission, Internet and television services – primarily across the Americas, ranging from Argentina to Canada.

Argentine company INVAP was contracted to build ARSAT-2, with Europe’s Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space as leading equipment suppliers. Its “sister” spacecraft, ARSAT-1, was launched by Arianespace in October 2014.

The Ariane 5 launch this September with NBN Co 1A and ARSAT-2 is designated Flight VA226 in Arianespace’s numbering system, signifying the 226th mission with an Ariane vehicle since this family of launchers entered operation in 1979.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2015/1319.asp
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Arsat-2 has been stored in its container and will be sent in an An-124 to CSG on August 18.

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The Ariane 5 takes shape for Arianespace’s September mission with NBN Co 1A and ARSAT-2

August 14, 2015 – Ariane Flight VA226

The build-up of another Ariane 5 began this week in French Guiana, initiating preparations for Arianespace’s fifth heavy-lift flight of 2015 from the Spaceport.

Using the well-established procedures employed since Ariane 5’s introduction in the mid-1990s, the vehicle’s core cryogenic stage was positioned over a mobile launch table inside the Launcher Integration Building.  It was followed by rollout of the two solid propellant boosters for mating with the erected core cryogenic stage.

This activity is managed by prime contractor Airbus Safran Launchers, which oversees the build-up process prior to delivering Ariane 5s to Arianespace for payload installation in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building.

The Ariane 5 will be used in a September mission, carrying a dual-satellite payload of NBN Co 1A for Australia’s National Broadband Network and ARSAT-2 for Argentinean operator ARSAT.  Designated Flight VA226 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, it will be the 226th Ariane mission since this series of vehicles entered operation in 1979.

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Antonov AN124 is at San Carlos de Bariloche airport to pick up the Arsat-2 satellite, it will be flow to Kourou tomorrow.
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Arsat-2 loaded aboard the Antonov AN124
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Arsat 2 was just shipped
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Here’s the #ARSAT2 satellite’s arrival in French Guiana for @arianespace’s #VA226 #Ariane5 mission in September.
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The delivery of payloads to be launched by Arianespace in 2015 continues: ARSAT-2 arrives in French Guiana
 
 August 20, 2015 – Ariane Flight VA226

Argentina’s ARSAT-2 telecommunications satellite has landed in French Guiana for Arianespace’s September Ariane 5 mission, continuing the “parade” of spacecraft being orbited during the company’s busy 2015 launch schedule.

After touching down yesterday at Félix Eboué Airport near Cayenne aboard an Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner, ARSAT-2’s protective shipping container was unloaded for transfer by road to the Spaceport.

ARSAT-2 is the second of three geostationary satellites to be designed, built and operated with the goal of increasing Argentina’s telecommunications capacity and guaranteeing the same level of connectivity quality to all of its regions.  Arianespace orbited the first of these relay platforms, ARSAT-1, on an Ariane 5 mission last October.

The ARSAT spacecraft are produced by Argentina’s INVAP, with Europe’s Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space as leading equipment suppliers.

Operation of these satellites is the responsibility of ARSAT, which has a strategic role in implementing governmental policies in Argentinian telecommunications, broadcasting and Internet – as well as to increase broadcasting, telecommunications and satellite-based services for commercial, public, private and government-run applications.

ARSAT-2 will be orbited by Ariane 5 on Arianespace’s September mission – designated VA226 in the company’s launcher family numbering system – along with the NBN Co 1A telecommunications satellite for Australia’s National Broadband Network.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2015/1331.asp
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Getting ready for flight: Preparations with both passengers are ongoing in French Guiana for Arianespace’s 9th mission this year
 
August 27, 2015 – Ariane Flight VA226

Dual payload preparations are underway for the next Ariane 5 launch, with the arrival of nbn’s Sky Muster at the Spaceport and processing of the ARSAT-2 spacecraft for operator ARSAT in French Guiana.

The two telecommunications satellites are passengers for Arianespace’s upcoming September heavy-lift mission, which will be the company’s fifth Ariane 5 flight this year – and ninth total launch in 2015 with its
 

Sky Muster: Delivering high-speed broadband for Australia

Sky Muster – a high-performance broadband satellite for Australian operator nbn – was airlifted this week to Félix Eboué Airport near Cayenne, French Guiana aboard a cargo jetliner. After its unloading process, the spacecraft was transferred by road to the Spaceport for pre-launch processing.

Weighing nearly 6,400 kg., the SSL-built (Space Systems Loral) Sky Muster is the first of two satellites for nbn that will help deliver high-speed broadband service to more than 200,000 homes and businesses around Australia – including many in rural and remote areas that do not have access to quality broadband connections.

Sky Muster’s name was chosen by the winner of an Australia-wide picture drawing competition for young school children to illustrate how the new broadband network will make Australia a better country. The winning six-year-old student and her classmates selected the Sky Muster name to refer to the gathering of cattle and how the satellite will help “round-up” and connect Australians together.

ARSAT-2: guaranteeing connectivity in Argentina

In parallel activity this week, initial checkout with ARSAT-2 – including a routine “fit check” with the adapter that will serve as its interface with Ariane 5 – has begun inside the S5 payload preparation facility at the Spaceport, following the satellite’s arrival in French Guiana earlier this month.

To be operated under the responsibility of ARSAT, ARSAT-2 is the second of three geostationary satellites that will increase Argentina’s telecommunications capacity and guarantee the same level of connectivity quality to all of the country’s regions.  Arianespace successfully orbited the first of these relay platforms, ARSAT-1, on Ariane 5 Flight VA220 in October 2014.

The ARSAT series of spacecraft is produced by Argentina’s INVAP, with Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space serving as leading equipment suppliers.

Supporting a busy mission cadence

The arrival and processing of Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 at the Spaceport are part of Arianespace’s busy operational pace in 2015, which includes successful launches of four Ariane 5s, two Vegas and one Soyuz vehicle to date this year, as well as ongoing payload and launcher preparation activity for three upcoming missions: Soyuz Flight VS12, Ariane 5 Flight VA226 and Vega Flight VV06.   

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Another Ariane 5 mission is readied for Arianespace’s fast-paced 2015 launch cadence

September 11, 2015 – Ariane Flight VA226

Arianespace remains on track for a record number of launches at the Spaceport in 2015, as underscored by the busy week of preparations for Ariane 5’s next heavy-lift mission – which were performed in parallel to yesterday’s successful flight of its medium-lift Soyuz from French Guiana.

The upcoming Ariane 5 launch is scheduled for September 30 to orbit a pair of telecommunications satellites: Sky Muster for Australian operator nbn and ARSAT-2 for Argentina’s ARSAT.

During activity of the past several days, Flight VA226’s Ariane 5 was transferred from the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building (where it was integrated by prime contractor Airbus Safran Launchers) to the Final Assembly Building for installation of Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 under Arianespace responsibility.

Pre-launch checkout continues with ARSAT-2 and Sky Muster

Separately, ARSAT-2 was fueled in the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation center, while pre-launch checkout of Sky Muster continued in a separate area of the same multi-hall facility.

Sky Muster is a high-performance broadband satellite, and will be riding in the upper passenger position of Ariane 5’s dual-payload arrangement. This SSL-built (Space Systems Loral) relay platform will weigh in at nearly 6,400 kg., and is the first of two satellites for nbn that will help deliver high-speed broadband service to more than 200,000 homes and businesses around Australia – including many in rural and remote areas that do not have access to quality broadband connections.

ARSAT-2 is the second of three geostationary satellites that will increase Argentina’s telecommunications capacity and guarantee the same level of connectivity quality across the country’s regions.  Arianespace successfully orbited the first of these relay platforms, ARSAT-1, on Ariane 5 Flight VA220 in October 2014.

The ARSAT series of spacecraft is produced by Argentina’s INVAP, with Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space serving as leading equipment suppliers.  The satellites’ operation is under the responsibility of ARSAT, which has a strategic role in implementing governmental policies in Argentinian telecommunications, broadcasting and Internet – as well as to increase broadcasting, telecommunications and satellite-based services for commercial, public, private and government-run applications.

Arianespace’s 2015 target: 12 missions with its launcher family

Flight VA226 with Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 will be the ninth of 12 Arianespace missions targeted during 2015.  Such a sustained cadence is possible because of a robust launcher family – composed of Ariane 5, Soyuz and the lightweight Vega – along with the Spaceport’s capability to have multiple missions being prepared in parallel.

The flights performed so far in 2015 have utilized four Ariane 5s, two Soyuz vehicles (including last night’s mission), and two Vega launchers.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2015/1342.asp

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The VA226 launch poster/sticker of CSG

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Fueling of the Sky Muster satellite took place on Sep 14.
See: http://www.csgpreparationlancement.com/ariane/vol-ariane-226-remplissage-de-sky-muster/

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Australia’s Sky Muster satellite is ready for next week’s Arianespace Ariane 5 launch
 
September 22, 2015 – Ariane Flight VA226

Payload integration activity for Arianespace’s next heavy-lift mission from French Guiana has moved into the Ariane 5’s Final Assembly Building, where both of the mission’s passengers – Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 – are being readied for liftoff on September 30.

An integration milestone occurred with the encapsulation of Sky Muster and the SYLDA dispenser in Ariane 5’s payload fairing. This step prepares the upper component for installation on Arianespace’s workhorse launcher, positioning it atop ARASAT-2 once the lower passenger is installed on Ariane 5.

The Sky Muster satellite will be operated by Australia’s nbn™, which held a contest to name the communications spacecraft.   School children were asked to provide an original painting or drawing that illustrates how the nbn network will make Australia a better country.  Six-year-old Bailey Brooks was the national winner, whose drawing has been reproduced on the Ariane 5’s payload fairing.  She and her Alice Springs School in Australia’s Northern Territory also provided the Sky Muster name for nbn’s spacecraft.

Sky Muster is the first satellite to be orbited by Arianespace for nbn, which is owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. The service provider’s key objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices and at the least cost to taxpayers.

Built by Palo Alto-based SSL (Space Systems Loral), Sky Muster has an estimated liftoff mass of 6,440 kg. and will operate from geostationary orbit.  It is designed to deliver broadband services to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians, providing coverage to the entire country, including the Norfolk, Christmas, Macquarie and Cocos islands.

A second nbn satellite also is scheduled for launch by Arianespace on a future mission.

Arianespace’s Ariane 5 mission on September 30 is designated Flight VA226, signifying the 226th liftoff of an Ariane vehicle from the Spaceport since this series of European launchers began operation in 1979.  It will be the fifth Ariane 5 launch of 2015, and the ninth of 12 flights planned this year by Arianespace utilizing its family of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.

Riding with Sky Muster on Flight VA226 is ARSAT-2, the second in the series of geostationary satellites to be orbited by Arianespace for Argentinian operator ARSAT. After its launch, ARSAT-2 – which has a liftoff mass of approximately 2,975 kg. – will provide direct-to-home television (DTH), Internet access services for reception on VSAT antennas, along with data transmission and IP telephony.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2015/1343.asp
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Assembly is completed for the Ariane 5 to orbit Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 on September 30
 
September 23, 2015 – Ariane Flight VA226

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s ninth mission of 2015 is now fully assembled, following the integration of its two telecommunications satellites at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
 
During activity in Ariane 5’s Final Assembly Building, the upper payload component – containing Australia’s Sky Muster spacecraft mounted on the SYLDA dispenser system, and protected by an ogive-shaped fairing – was lowered into position over the Argentinian ARSAT-2 relay platform, which was previously installed atop the launcher’s central core.

This step clears the way for final checkout, which will enable the Launch Readiness Review to be conducted on September 28, followed by Ariane 5’s rollout to the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone the following day, and an evening liftoff on September 30.   

To be deployed first during the 32-minute mission is Sky Muster, which will be operated by nbn™ – a service provider owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. This company’s objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices and at the least cost to taxpayers.

Sky Muster is the initial satellite to be orbited by Arianespace for nbn, and the spacecraft was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral).  With an estimated liftoff mass of 6,440 kg., the relay platform is designed to deliver broadband services from geostationary orbit to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians, providing coverage across the entire country, including the Norfolk, Christmas, Macquarie and Cocos islands.

A second nbn satellite will be launched on a future Arianespace mission.

ARSAT-2 is installed in the lower payload position on Ariane 5, and will be released as the mission’s second passenger in the flight sequence.  With a liftoff mass of approximately 2,975 kg., this satellite was built under the responsibility Argentina’s INVAP and will be operated by the state-owned Argentinian operator ARSAT to provide direct-to-home television (DTH), Internet access services for reception on VSAT antennas, along with data transmission and IP telephony. 

Arianespace launched the predecessor ARSAT-1 satellite on an Ariane 5 in October 2014.

Arianespace’s September 30 mission with Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 will maintain the company’s fast-paced 2015 launch schedule, which forsees a total of 12 missions this year using its complete launcher family:  the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2015/1344.asp
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Ariane 5 is “signed” and ready for launch on Arianespace’s fifth heavy-lift flight of 2015

September 28, 2015 – Ariane Flight VA226

Arianespace’s dual-payload mission with telecommunications satellites to serve Australia and Argentina has been approved for liftoff on Wednesday at the Spaceport, providing the go-ahead for its fifth heavy-lift flight in 2015 and the ninth overall from French Guiana this year using the company’s complete launcher family.

The September 30 liftoff was authorized at completion of today’s launch readiness review, which confirmed the status of Ariane 5, its Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 spacecraft passengers, the Spaceport’s infrastructure, and a network of ground stations that will track the launcher’s trajectory.

With the go-ahead, Ariane 5 will be transferred tomorrow from the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone, where the vehicle will be positioned for liftoff on September 30 during a launch window that opens at 5:30 p.m. and continues until 7:15 p.m. (local time in French Guiana).

The mission is designated Flight VA226 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, notating the 226th Ariane launch since this series of European-built vehicles began operation in 1979. Wednesday’s mission will be the 82nd launch of  an Ariane 5 from  French Guiana, where the vehicle is operated alongside Arianespace’s medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.

Satellite team members put a “finishing touch” on Ariane 5

As part of Flight VA226’s final activity, members of the Sky Muster and ARSAT-2 teams signed spacecraft logos that are affixed to Ariane 5’s protective payload fairing. This step “personalized” the launcher in recognition of the efforts that have prepared these two payloads for the ride into orbit and their subsequent service startup.

Located in Ariane 5’s upper passenger position is Sky Muster, which will deliver broadband services from geostationary orbit to more than 200,000 rural and remote Australians, providing coverage across the country – including the Norfolk, Christmas, Macquarie and Cocos islands.

As the initial satellite to be orbited by Arianespace for nbnTM, Sky Muster has an estimated liftoff mass of 6,440 kg. and was built by SSL (Space Systems Loral). nbn is owned by the Commonwealth of Australia and the company’s objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices and at the least cost to taxpayers.

ARSAT-2 is installed in the lower payload position on Ariane 5. This satellite was built under the responsibility Argentina’s INVAP and will be operated by the state-owned Argentinian operator ARSAT to provide direct-to-home television (DTH), Internet access services for reception on VSAT antennas, along with data transmission and IP telephony. It has a liftoff mass of approximately 2,975 kg.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2015/1347.asp

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