by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 09, 2011
On November 7, for the first time in the history of Arianespace, the company's operating teams were all deployed concurrently on the Ariane, Soyuz and Vega launch pads at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, near the Equator, for three launch preparation campaigns.
Ariane 5 ES - VA 205 launch: The cryogenic main stage for the Ariane 5 ES launcher was erected in the Launcher Integration Building, along with its two solid boosters.
The 61st Ariane 5 launch will send an Ariane 5 ES rocket towards the International Space Station (ISS) with the third ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) cargo vessel, designated Edoardo Amaldi.
This is the third Ariane 5 ES to be launched, following the first two ATV launches in March 2008 and February 2011. The Edoardo Amaldi ATV launch is scheduled for March 2012.
Soyuz STA - VS 02 launch
The first three stages on the Soyuz launcher have already been assembled horizontally in the MIK Launcher Integration Building, while the Fregat upper stage was transferred on Friday from the MIK to the S3B building, where propellants are now being loaded.
Vega - VV 01 launch
Payloads: from the smallest to the largest
A total of 18 payloads are being prepared in the Guiana Space Center's clean rooms for these three upcoming launches, from the smallest (a CubeSat, weighing less than 1 kg), to the largest (the Edoardo Amaldi ATV, weighing in at more than 20 tons).
At the same time, Arianespace and Starsem teams are deployed at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to prepare for the Soyuz launch in early December that will orbit six satellites in the Globalstar-2 constellation.
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Arianespace's no. 2 Soyuz begins taking shape for launch from the Spaceport in French Guiana
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 02, 2011
Preparations for Arianespace's second Soyuz mission from French Guiana are moving forward as assembly and checkout of the vehicle continue at the Spaceport. Its basic three-stage launcher is now taking shape in the MIK integration hall at the Soyuz launch site, located in the Spaceport's northwestern sector near the town of Sinnamary. This process began with the horizontal mating of the se ... read more
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