by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Aug 26, 2011
Arianespace has taken delivery of the Ariane 5 ECA for its fifth heavy-lift mission of 2011 at the Spaceport in French Guiana, which will orbit the Arabsat-5C and SES-2 telecommunications satellites on September 9.
The vehicle's handover came with its transfer yesterday evening from the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building - where it was assembled by prime contractor EADS Astrium, to the Final Assembly Building - providing Arianespace the responsibility for integration of the two payloads and launch operations for the Ariane 5.
Arabsat-5C will have an estimated launch mass of 4,630 kg., while SES-2 will weigh in at approximately 3,152 kg. for liftoff.
Built in a joint effort of Europe's EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space, Arabsat-5C is a fifth-generation satellite for the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat).
This multi-mission platform is designed to provide capacity in both the C- and Ka-bands for a range of communications services from Arabsat's 20 deg. East orbital position.
SES-2 was produced by the U.S.-based Orbital Sciences Corporation for SES WORLD SKIES, and is a hybrid C- and Ku-band spacecraft that will serve North America from an orbital slot of 87 deg. West.
Additionally, it carries the Commercially Hosted InfraRed Payload (CHIRP) for the U.S. Air Force - which integrates a wide-field of view sensor in the satellite.
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Arabsat-5C is welcomed in French Guiana for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 launch
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Aug 10, 2011
The second of two passengers for Arianespace's upcoming Ariane 5 mission arrived in French Guiana this week, with the Arabsat-5C satellite now joining SES-2 - which was delivered to the Spaceport earlier in the month. Arabsat-5C landed at Cayenne's Rochambeau International Airport aboard a chartered An-124 cargo jetliner, where the spacecraft was unloaded and readied for its transfer by ro ... read more
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