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Arianespace receives the next Ariane 5 for launch in 2011
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Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Jun 16, 2011

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The Spaceport's Final Assembly Building has welcomed its fourth Ariane 5 of 2011 as preparations in French Guiana advance for Arianespace's upcoming mission with the ASTRA 1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R spacecraft.

This heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA moved from the Launcher Integration Building to the Final Assembly Building, marking its delivery to Arianespace by vehicle prime contractor EADS Astrium. With this step completed, the workhorse vehicle is now ready for integration of its dual-satellite payload.

The upcoming mission with ASTRA 1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R is scheduled for liftoff from French Guiana on July 1, continuing Arianespace's busy launch cadence for 2011.

It will follow Arianespace's three previous launches of 2011: on May 20 with the ST-2 and GSAT-8 payloads; on April 22, orbiting the Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat New Dawn spacecraft; and on February 16 with the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Johannes Kepler.

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Payload processing underway for ASTRA 1N
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) May 31, 2011
The first-arrived satellite passenger for Arianespace's fourth flight of 2011 is undergoing initial checkout in French Guiana, as preparations move forward at the Spaceport for a dual-passenger Ariane 5 mission set for July 1. This activity with the ASTRA 1N relay platform is taking place in the Spaceport's S5 payload processing facility where it already has completed its fit-check validat ... read more

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