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The fifth Ariane 5 launcher of 2007 arrives in French Guiana
September 4, 2007

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_417.html (with image!)

"Arianespace is maintaining its mission pace with the arrival of a new Ariane 5 to French Guiana for the fifth dual-satellite payload launch in 2007.

This latest Ariane 5 ECA heavy-lift vehicle was delivered by the MN Colibri, which is one of two roll-on/roll-off transport vessels operated for Arianespace. After completing its trans-Atlantic voyage from Europe, the MN Colibri docked at Kourou's Pariacabo port, where its payload of Ariane launcher components was unloaded and transferred to the Spaceport"

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I'd forgotten that Ariane rockets have to make that journey by ship first. Kinda poetic, making a Voyage that has been travelled for centuries and then going off on an altogether new kind of voyage.

I'd love to see the launch. I wonder if NSF could negotiate an affordable package for wannabe space tourists ?

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September 14, 2007
     
     The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s fifth mission of 2007 takes shape at Europe’s Spaceport

             

Another Ariane 5 launcher has begun its integration at the Spaceport in French Guiana, demonstrating Arianespace’s ability to maintain a sustained mission rate in response to market demand for its commercial launch services.

     

The vehicle that is now taking shape is a heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA version, which will be used for an early November flight to orbit a dual satellite payload.

     As the assembly of this Ariane 5 ECA moves ahead in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, an Ariane 5 GS is ready to receive its dual satellite payload for Arianespace’s upcoming launch in the next several weeks. The Ariane 5 GS is in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, and it will carry a dual payload of the Intelsat 11 and Optus D2 satellites.

The Ariane 5 ECA for Arianespace’s November mission begins its integration process with the preparation of its core cryogenic stage. Clearly visible in this photo is the Ariane 5’s Vulcain 2 main engine and nozzle. The stage is raised to a vertical position, and then is moved to the mobile launch table, where it will be mated with two solid rocket boosters.

One of the Ariane 5 ECA’s two solid rocket boosters is moved from its assembly facility to the Launcher Integration Building at the Spaceport, where it is to be mated with the core cryogenic stage. During the launch sequence, Ariane 5’s core stage Vulcain 2 cryogenic motor will be started first, allowing for the validation of its operation before the two solid boosters are ignited – committing the launcher to liftoff.

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_421.html (with images) 


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Star One C1 arrives in French Guiana for the fifth Ariane 5 mission of 2007
October 9, 2007

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/news_sub_missionupdate_index.html (with photo!)
 
"The second satellite for Arianespace's next dual-passenger Ariane 5 mission has been delivered to the Spaceport in French Guiana, moving launch campaign activity into full swing for the November 9 liftoff.

Thales Alenia Space's Star One C1 spacecraft arrived at Cayenne Rochambeau International Airport aboard an Antonov An-124 cargo airliner, and was transported to the Spaceport's S1B clean room for its initial check-out.

To be utilized by Brazilian satellite operator Star One – which is owned by Embratel and GE International Holdings – Star One C1 will provide telecommunications, multimedia and high speed internet services to South America.

The spacecraft is based on Thales Alenia Space's Spacebus 3000 B3 platform, and carries 28 C-band transponders, 14 Ku-band transponders and 1 X-band transponder. It will have a mass at liftoff of 4,100 kg., and is to be positioned at 65° West after its deployment by Ariane 5.

Joining Star One C1 on the November 9 launch will be the United Kingdom's Skynet 5B secure military communications satellite. Skynet 5B was delivered to the Spaceport in September, and is continuing the pre-launch preparation process. It will be the second Skynet 5-series spacecraft launched by Arianespace in 2007, following the orbiting of Skynet 5A on an Ariane 5 mission in March.

Arianespace is targeting a total of six Ariane 5 flights in 2007. Its most recent success lofted the Intelsat 11 and Optus D2 spacecraft on October 5. The other Ariane 5 flights performed so far this year were on August 14 with the SPACEWAY 3 and BSAT-3a payloads; on May 4, with ASTRA 1L and Galaxy 17; and on March 11, with Skynet 5A and INSAT 4B"

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October 23, 2007
 
  Arianespace takes delivery of its fifth Ariane 5 in 2007


    Preparations for Arianespace's next dual-satellite mission entered their final phase this week following the Ariane 5 ECA launcher's delivery to Arianespace at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

 
 
 

Riding atop its mobile launch table, the Ariane 5 for Arianespace's November 9 mission is visible, at left, during its transfer to the final assembly building at Europe's Spaceport. In the foreground is the second launch table, which is ready to receive another Ariane 5 for the following mission.

This transfer marked the completion of Ariane 5's basic build-up, which was performed in the Spaceport's integration building under the responsibility of industrial prime contractor Astrium Space Transportation. With its transfer to the final assembly building yesterday, the vehicle was delivered to Arianespace for the payload integration, final checkout and launch.

The upcoming heavy-lift mission is scheduled for November 9, and is to carry the United Kingdom's Skynet 5B military communications satellite, along with Brazil's Star One C1 telecommunications platform.

Skynet 5B is to be launched for spacecraft manufacturer EADS Astrium, which will provide an in-orbit delivery to Paradigm Secure Communications, a private company. Paradigm provides survivable, resilient and secure communications services to military and government users with the Skynet series of relay satellites.

Thales Alenia Space is the producer of the mission's Star One C1 satellite payload, which it booked with Arianespace for the Ariane 5 launch. Star One C1 will be operated by Brazil's Star One, the largest regional satellite service operator in Latin America. The satellite is equipped with 45 C, Ku and X-band transponders, and will provide communications, multimedia and broadband Internet services for the Latin American market.

The November 9 launch will be Arianespace's fifth Ariane 5 mission of 2007, following successful flights in March, May, August and October - which delivered eight telecommunications satellites weighing more than 29,000 kg. into highly accurate geostationary transfer orbit.

 Arianespace plans a total of six Ariane 5 missions this year as it accelerates the launch rate to meet customer demand, building to a stabilized pace of eight Ariane 5 flights annually by 2009.

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Skynet 5B and Star One C1 are readied for Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission
October 26, 2007

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_432.html (with images!)

"Both satellites for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 flight are in the final preparation phase at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana"

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October 30, 2007
                         
                           A heavyweight payload is readied for Arianespace’s fifth Ariane 5 mission of 2007                                                    

                        Final payload integration activity is in full swing for Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 ECA mission, as its two satellites are readied for their November 9 liftoff from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

This launch will be the fifth Ariane 5 mission of 2007, and will deliver a heavyweight payload of the Skynet 5B and Star One C1 communications spacecraft. Our photos below highlight their integration for the Ariane 5’s dual payload “stack.” (Click on the images for a larger version):

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_434.html  


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According to http://www.arianespace.com/site/launchstatus/status_sub_index.html the launch window is 22:04 - 22:59 UTC on November 9th...

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November 5, 2007

Payload integration is completed for Arianespace's fifth Ariane 5 flight of 2007

The two payloads for this week's heavy-lift Arianespace mission have completed their integration on the Ariane 5 as preparations continue for Friday evening's liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana.
 

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_435.html

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November 7, 2007

The fifth Ariane 5 mission of 2007 is cleared for liftoff
 
http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_437.html
 
Arianespace's upcoming dual-payload Ariane 5 mission has been given the green light for liftoff on Friday, November 9, following today's launch readiness review at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

This review - which is conducted prior to every Ariane mission - validated the readiness of the Ariane 5, its Skynet 5B and Star One C1 satellite passengers, the infrastructure at Europe's Spaceport and the network of downrange tracking stations.

All is now ready for tomorrow's transfer of the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA from its final assembly building to the Spaceport's ELA-3 launch zone. The vehicle is scheduled to lift off Friday night during a 55-minute launch window that opens at 7:04 p.m. local time.

The mission is Arianespace's fifth Ariane 5 flight of 2007. During the previous four flights from January through October, the workhorse vehicle successfully lofted eight payloads – representing 80 percent of the world's telecommunications satellites carried to geostationary orbit during this period.

Riding in upper payload position on the upcoming mission is Skynet 5B, which was produced by Astrium for an in-orbit delivery to Paradigm Secure Communications. Skynet 5B has a liftoff mass of 4,635-kg., and when operational, it will handle secure communications services for the United Kingdom's armed forces, NATO and other countries.

The Ariane 5's lower passenger on Ariane 5 is Star One C1, a 4,100 kg. satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for Brazilian satellite operator Star One. Equipped with a mixed payload of C–, Ku- and X-band transponders, it will provide communications, multimedia and broadband Internet services over South America.
 

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Link to tomorrow's webcast: http://www.videocorner.tv/index.php?langue=en

Webcast starts approximately 20 minutes before opening of the launch window and ends after the speeches that will follow spacecraft separation of the second payload (Star One C1).
Arianespace's webcasts are usually very good and recommended.

enjoy everyone!
:)

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Launch kit (including English, French and Portuguese)  

 


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Ariane 5 rolls out for Arianespace's fifth launch of 2007
November 8, 2007

http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/mission_up_438.html

"Arianespace's fifth Ariane 5 of 2007 was transferred to the launch pad today at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, readying this heavy-lift vehicle for liftoff tomorrow night with its dual-satellite payload.

Rolling out from Final Assembly Building at 11:15 a.m. local time under sunny skies, the Ariane 5 completed the 2.8-km. trip to the ELA-3 launch zone in one hour. Its mobile launch table was then secured in place over the launch pad's flame ducts for Ariane 5's powerful core cryogenic stage and two solid rocket motors.

All is ready for the final countdown leading to tomorrow's liftoff, which is scheduled at the start of a 55-minute launch window that opens at 7:04 p.m.

Ariane 5 carries the Skynet 5B and Star One C1 satellites – a heavyweight payload with a total combined mass at liftoff of 9,535 kg. This includes 8,735 kg. for the two satellites, along with the associated installation/interface hardware and Ariane's SYLDA 5 dual payload dispenser system.

Skynet 5B was built by Astrium, and will be delivered in orbit to Paradigm Secure Communications. This spacecraft follows five other Skynet-series satellites launched by Ariane, and is to provide military telecommunications services for the United Kingdom's armed forces, NATO and other countries.

The mission's Star One C1 payload is a Thales Alenia Space-manufactured satellite, which will be used by Brazilian satellite operator Star One for communications, multimedia and broadband Internet services over South America"

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Launch Window
GMT Paris, France Washington, D.C. Kourou, French Guiana Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Between 10:04 p.m.
and 10:59 p.m.
on November 9
Between 11:04 p.m.
and 11:59 p.m.
on November 9
Between 05:04 p.m.
and 05:59 p.m.
on November 9
Between 07:04 p.m.
and 07:59 p.m.
on November 9
Between 08:04 p.m.
and 08:59 p.m.
on November 9

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Moved for live coverage tonight...

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Launch is postponed NET next monday.
Best regards, Stephan

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Stephan - 9/11/2007  6:11 PM

Launch is postponed NET next monday.
What's the problem? Payload, launcher or pad related?
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Stephan - 9/11/2007  5:11 PM

Launch is postponed NET next monday.

That came out of the blue. Thanks for the note!

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"Arianespace has postponed tonight’s Ariane 5 lift-off following the detection of an anomaly on the launch vehicle. Additional verifications on the launcher are being performed.
A new launch date will be announced shortly."

http://www.videocorner.tv/index.php?langue=en

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DaveS - 9/11/2007  5:16 PM

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Stephan - 9/11/2007  6:11 PM

Launch is postponed NET next monday.
What's the problem? Payload, launcher or pad related?
Mike as answered since then, something to do with the launcher but I don't have (for the moment) any other info.
Best regards, Stephan

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