by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Apr 24, 2012
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's third heavy-lift mission of 2012 is now taking shape at the Spaceport, using procedures that have become routine with this workhorse vehicle's operations from French Guiana.
During activity inside the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building, the core cryogenic stage was removed from its protective shipping container and raised into position over one of two operational mobile launch tables available for Ariane 5.
The pair of solid propellant boosters was then anchored to the launch table on each side of the core stage this weekend, readying them for mating to complete the vehicle's initial assembly step.
This Ariane 5 will be used on a flight scheduled for June 19 with Europe's Meteosat Second Generation-3 (MSG-3) weather satellite for the European Space Agency and EUMETSAT (the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites); along with the EchoStar XVII high-throughput telecommunications platform for Hughes Network Systems.
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Another weather satellite payload is readied for launch by Arianespace
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Apr 17, 2012
Europe's latest second-generation meteorological spacecraft has arrived at the Spaceport, where it is being readied for Arianespace's June 19 dual-payload Ariane 5 mission from French Guiana. The Meteosat Second Generation-3 (MSG-3) satellite touched down at Cayenne's Rochambeau/Felix Eboue International Airport on Friday, April 13, aboard a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner. I ... read more
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