Ariane 5 receives its Intelsat New Dawn satellite passenger
March 22, 2011 – Ariane Flight VA201
The final payload integration phase has begun for next week’s Arianespace’s heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission, with the Intelsat New Dawn telecommunications satellite now integrated on the workhorse launch vehicle.
This spacecraft was positioned yesterday atop Ariane 5’s core cryogenic stage, placing it as the lower passenger in the dual-passenger payload “stack.”
Intelsat New Dawn is the first-ever African private sector communications satellite and was conceived to supply critical communications infrastructure for African customers – delivering wireless backhaul, broadband and media content, which are among the fastest growing satellite-based applications in Africa.
Produced by Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Virginia, the relay platform carries C-band and Ku-band transponders, and will have a liftoff mass of 3,000 kg. After its deployment by Ariane 5, it will be positioned at a geostationary orbital slot at 32.8° East for its Africa area coverage.
Intelsat New Dawn was developed for a joint venture consortium led by Convergence Partners and Intelsat, and is to be operated and marketed as a part of the global Intelsat fleet.
To be orbited along with Intelsat New Dawn on Arianespace’s March 30 mission is the 6,000-kg. Yahsat Y1A, which will be utilized by the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company to provide customized relay services for the government and commercial sectors in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Southwest Asia.