Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Travel News  

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Next Ariane 5 Mission Ready For March 30 Liftoff

File image.
by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Mar 29, 2011
Arianespace's second Ariane 5 mission of 2011 has been given the green light for its March 30 liftoff with the Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat New Dawn satellites, clearing the way for this heavy-lift vehicle's rollout tomorrow (March 29) to the Spaceport's ELA-3 launch zone in French Guiana.

The authorization was granted following the completion of today's launch readiness review - a milestone before every flight that validates the "go" status of the Ariane 5, its dual satellite payload, the Spaceport's infrastructure and the network of tracking stations.

For this dual-payload mission, Ariane 5 will deploy the Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat New Dawn satellites during a flight lasting 35 minutes. It will be the 57th launch of an Ariane 5, with a total lift performance of nearly 10,065 kg. - which includes the combined 8,965 kg. liftoff mass of the two spacecraft passengers, along with the SYLDA dual payload dispenser and integration hardware.

To be released first during this mission will be the 5,935-kg. Yahsat Y1A, which was developed for the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company to provide customized relay services for government and commercial sectors in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Southwest Asia.

Located in the upper position of Ariane 5's dual-passenger payload "stack," this spacecraft is based on Astrium's Eurostar E3000 platform, while its communications payload was supplied by Thales Alenia Space.

Deployed from Ariane 5's lower payload slot will be Intelsat New Dawn, which is the first-ever African private sector communications satellite.

Produced for a joint venture consortium led by Convergence Partners and Intelsat, the Orbital Sciences Corporation-built satellite was conceived to supply critical communications infrastructure for African customers - delivering wireless backhaul, broadband and media content. Once at its operational geostationary orbital position, the relay platform will be operated and marketed as part of Intelsat's global fleet.

The March 30 mission with Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat New Dawn is one of Arianespace's six Ariane 5 flights planned for 2011, along with the first two launches of its medium-lift Soyuz, and the lightweight Vega's maiden flight - all from the Spaceport; as well as three Soyuz missions from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Arianespace is maintaining the company's launch pace to meet this goal, as two other mission campaigns currently are underway. At the Spaceport, another Ariane 5 is taking shape for a May mission with the ST-2 and GSAT-8 satellites, while preparations are underway for an Arianespace Soyuz mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with six second-generation Globalstar spacecraft.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Launch Pad at

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Another Ariane 5 Completes Its Initial Build-Up At The Spaceport
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Mar 28, 2011
Initial assembly has been completed for the Ariane 5 launcher that will orbit a dual-satellite payload of the ST-2 and GSAT-8 satellites on Arianespace's third heavy-lift mission of 2011 from the Spaceport in French Guiana. This build-up milestone occurred in the Launcher Integration Building with the incorporation of Ariane 5's ESC-A cryogenic upper stage and the vehicle equipment bay - w ... read more

Final Countdown Is Underway For Second Ariane 5 Flight Of 2011

Next Ariane 5 Mission Ready For March 30 Liftoff

Another Ariane 5 Completes Its Initial Build-Up At The Spaceport

Two Ariane 5 And One Soyuz Flights Are Now Being Prepared

Study Of 'Ruiz Garcia' Rock Completed

Next Mars Rover Gets A Test Taste Of Mars Conditions

Alternatives Have Begun In Bid To Hear From Spirit

Opportunity Completes Study Of Ruiz Garcia Rock

84 Teams To Compete In NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

A New View Of Moon

Super Full Moon

LRO Delivers Treasure Trove Of Data

Later, Uranus: New Horizons Passes Another Planetary Milestone

Can WISE Find The Hypothetical Tyche In Distant Oort Cloud

Theory: Solar system has another planet

Launch Plus Five Years: A Ways Traveled, A Ways To Go

White Dwarfs Could Be Fertile Ground For Other Earths

NASA Announces 2011 Carl Sagan Fellows

Report Identifies Priorities For Planetary Science 2013-2022

Planetary Society Statement On Planetary Science Decadal Survey For 2013-2022

TEXUS 49 Lifts Off With Four German Experiments On Board

A Reusable Manned Deep - Space Craft

NASA's Successful 'Can Crush' Will Aid Heavy-Lift Rocket Design

XCOR And ULA Demonstrate Revolutionary Rocket Engine Nozzle Technology

What Future for Chang'e-2

China setting up new rocket production base

China's Tiangong-1 To Be Launched By Modified Long March II-F Rocket

China Expects To Launch Fifth Lunar Probe Chang'e-5 In 2017

When Is An Asteroid Not An Asteroid

Stardust Fires Up Main Engine For Final Burn

Dawn Opens Its Eyes, Checks Its Instruments

ESA Remembers The Night Of The Comet

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement