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Ariane 5 March 10, 2014

Launcher assembly begins for Ariane 5 Flight VA218

During Ariane Flight VA218 preparation activity, Ariane 5’s core cryogenic stage is lifted over the mobile launch table in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building (left picture). In the photos at center and right, the vehicle’s two solid propellant boosters are moved by rail for their rendezvous with the core stage.

Activity is continuing in French Guiana to support Arianespace’s busy 2014 launch schedule, with initial launcher buildup procedures underway for Flight VA218’s Ariane 5 vehicle.

As part of familiar pre-launch preparations inside the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, the launcher’s core cryogenic stage has been removed from its protective shipping container and hoisted into position over one of two operational mobile launch tables available for Ariane 5.

Subsequently during separate rollouts, the vehicle’s two solid propellant boosters were moved via rail on pallets from their dedicated on-site assembly facility to the Launcher Integration Building, in preparation for mating with the core stage.

This Ariane 5 launcher will be used on Arianespace’s 218th Ariane-series mission – designated Flight VA218 – which is to carry two passengers: the Optus 10 spacecraft for Australian operator Optus, and Asia-Pacific provider MEASAT Global’s MEASAT-3b satellite.

Ariane 5 February 24, 2014

The new launch date is announced for Ariane 5's mission with ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A

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