Ariane 5 reaches the launch zone for Arianespace’s June 20 liftoff
Arianespace has delivered another Ariane 5 to the launch zone at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, clearing the way for tomorrow's mission with a pair of telecommunications satellites: T-16 and EUTELSAT 7C.
Riding atop a mobile launch table, Ariane 5 today completed its transfer from the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building – where payload integration occurred – to the dedicated ELA-3 launch complex.
With this rollout completed, the final countdown will begin for a June 20 liftoff at the start of a 1-hr., 47-min. launch window opening at 6:43 p.m. local time in French Guiana.
Tomorrow’s mission is designated Flight VA248, and it has an estimated payload performance of 10,594 kg. – a total that factors in T-16 and EUTELSAT 7C, plus the dual-satellite dispenser system and integration hardware. Both passengers are to be deployed to geostationary transfer orbit during a 33-min. flight sequence.
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Launch window for Flight VA248:
From 2:43 PM to 4:30 PM on June 20
From 5:43 PM to 7:30 PM on June 20
From 6:43 PM to 8:30 PM on June 20
From 21:43 to 23:30 on June 20
From 11:43 PM to 1:30 AM on June 20-21
More details are available in the VA248 launch kit: