Author Topic: LIVE: Ariane 5 VA240 - Galileo-FOC FM015-018 - December 12, 2017 (18:36 UTC)  (Read 29991 times)

Online Chris Bergin

On to the third language: German. OHB promotion video.  ;D :-X
? DC4EU ???

Dream Chaser!
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And there go the other two!

Congrats to all!

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Don't cheer to early ;), that happened during launch of FOC sat 1&2, Soyuz VS07, sat 5&6.
Not that I'm expecting a anomaly, but wait untill Arianespace & ESA call the launch successful.
That's after acquisition of signal (and orbit confirmation  :-[) / health checks.
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On to France Guiana landscape drone footage.   ::)
A way to entertain while we wait until the health checks have been completed.

I think they called out completion of passivization of EPS (L10 upperstage)
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Stefan Israel called out:
- Confirmation of orbit
- Aquisition of signals from all four satellites
(missed the rest while writing this)
? awaiting for full health check.
I think they want solar panel deployment completed.

And a drone footage screenshot  ;)
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Congrats to Arianespace and ESA on the success of VA-240.
;D Not Jet  :P :-X

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Some drone footage from CSG.
This is Jupiter range control center (the glass bole) and Satellite Preparation area (I forgot the abbreviation) S1

I hope ESA/Arianespace will publish this somewhere.
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Round of applause and hugs.

And start of speeches.
I forgot my congrats.  :D
Well done EU/ESA, OHB/SSTL and Arianespace for another successful deployment of the Galileo system.

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Success, congrats to all! :)
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Sorry I was too early in my congrats; I wasnít watching the webcast at that time.

But Iím still proud of Arianespace and ESA for getting another four Galileo sats into MEO.
Because the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was successful, it has inspired thousands of people to consider changing the future of space travel.

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EU representative speech (beter picture)

"I bet in a few years time GPS will be called American Galileo"
(I don't think so, but Galileo will be well known.)
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"From April 2018 All cars that are delivered with navigation, will have to be Galileo (GNSS) compatible."
GSA (Galileo System Agency ?)
Some aplause in the background (people at range control posts)
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Paul Verhoef.
Explanation of the long verification proces (refers to VS07: FOC-M1)
"It's time for a drink, I need one"  ;D

Edit: (my own explanation)
SpaceX calls a mission successful after they have deployed the satellite succesfuly
Arianespace normally awaits until acquisition of signal from the satellite(s) (one of the first steps of satellite start up).
With this Galileo launch, they waited until the health checks were completed, and they had verification the satellites are in the correct orbit. So they were really conservative during this launch. The drone footage was a nice distraction during the waiting period.
ZachS09's post was at the normal time Arianespace called a mission successful. So Zach timing was perfect.
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He's thankful all "babies have been safely deployed in orbit"
Speech in English, France & German
Thankfull for the order of the 3th batch: 8sats + 4sats (awarded option)
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Normaly he has a lot of words. But now it's to late for a long speech  ;D

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Speech in France.
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Closing remarks.
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Offline Galactic Penguin SST

To which orbital plane of the Galileo constellation are these 4 deployed in? A or B?
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From the VA240 launch kit: MEO Plane A (page 3)
So FOC-M8 (the next four Galileo satellites) wil go to Plane B. After this they have all slots in all three planes filled.
(26 satellites launched but FOC-M1 (Sat 5&6) in wrong orbit)
Most likely the two A62 launches will replace the IOC Galileo satellites. (or some with several failed clocks)
So Galileo will reach full operational state after the next Ariane 5 ES launch, but with pore reliability because several sats have failed clocks, unfortunately.

Another funny fact:
This launch used the 14M long Medium Fairing. (Ariane 6 will have two failing options 20m & 14m)
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Congratulations to the entire launch campaign team!

And thank you's to Chris B and Rik ISS-fan for the launch thread coverage!
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