Mission Update

Mission Update

A trio of Ariane 5 launchers are now at the Spaceport

The MN Colibri arrives in French Guiana with elements for Arianespace’s VA208 mission (photo at left).  A multi-purpose truck rolls off the ship with the Ariane 5’s cryogenic core stage at Pariacabo port near Kourou (at right).

May 4, 2012 – Ariane Flight VA208

Arianespace’s ability to support the sustained launch pace for its heavy-lift Ariane 5 is being demonstrated once again as vehicles for the next three missions are now together in French Guiana.

Elements for the latest Ariane 5 were delivered to the Spaceport this week aboard the MN Colibri, which is one of two sea-going roll-on/roll-off ships that carry Arianespace launchers from Europe to South America.

This Ariane 5 will be used for a dual-passenger mission later in 2012 on Arianespace’s fourth heavy-lift launch of the year, which is designated VA208 – for the 208th flight of an Ariane family launcher.

It will follow the scheduled May 15 liftoff of VA206, whose Ariane 5 launcher is in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building awaiting the integration of its JCSAT-13 and VINASAT-2 satellites; and VA207, set for June 19, carrying the Meteosat Second Generation-3 (MSG-3) and EchoStar XVII payloads.   The Ariane 5 for VA207 has completed its initial build-up in the Launcher Integration Building at the Spaceport.

Arianespace opened its 2012 activity with the VA205 Ariane 5 mission on March 23, orbiting the Edoardo Amaldi Automated Transfer Vehicle for servicing of the International Space Station.

  Framed behind the stylized globe that marks the Spaceport’s main entrance, the cryogenic core stage for Ariane 5 flight VA208 makes its
  official arrival at the launch facility.

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