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New Dawn Arrives At Spaceport

The Spaceport in French Guiana.
by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Mar 08, 2011
The second payload for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission arrived this week at the Spaceport in French Guiana as preparations continue for the heavy-lift flight planned on March 29.

Built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, the Intelsat New Dawn communications relay platform is to provide voice, wireless backhaul, Internet and media applications services for the joint venture of Intelsat and a South African investor group led by Convergence Partners.

Intelsat New Dawn will have a liftoff mass of approximately 3,000 kg., and will be operated and marketed as part of the global Intelsat fleet. It carries 16 Ku-band and 14 C-band transponders, and will operate from an orbital position of 32.9 deg. East Longitude to cover the Middle East, part of Europe, Africa and sub-Saharan regions.

The satellite will be orbited along with its co-passenger, Yahsat 1A, on another of Ariane 5's dual-payload missions.



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USAF Launches Second X-37B Test Platform
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Mar 7, 2011
In the latest step to improve space capability and further develop an affordable, reusable space vehicle, Air Force technicians launched the second X-37B here March 5, officials said. The Orbital Test Vehicle-2 launch comes on the heels of the successful flight of OTV-1, which made an autonomous landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Dec. 3 after 224 days in space. According t ... read more







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