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Ariane 5 June 29, 2011

Approval is given for Arianespace’s July 1 heavy-lift mission with the ASTRA 1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R payloads

Arianespace’s fourth heavy-lift mission of 2011 – and the 59th for its workhorse Ariane 5 – has been approved for launch on Friday, July 1 from the Spaceport in French Guiana.

The go-ahead was given this afternoon following the launch readiness review, which is held prior to each Arianespace mission.

811For the upcoming flight, Ariane 5 will carry a total estimated payload of 9,095 kg. – including 8,240 kg. for the ASTRA 1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R satellite passengers.

ASTRA 1N is located in the upper position of Ariane 5’s payload “stack” and will be released first during the mission sequence.  It is a state-of-the-art Ku-band spacecraft for the delivery of pan-European direct-to-home TV broadcast services for satellite operator SES ASTRA.

This spacecraft was built by EADS Astrium using its Eurostar E3000 spacecraft bus, and initially will provide interim capacity from an orbital position of 28.2 deg. East.  The relay platform subsequently will be moved to SES ASTRA’s prime location at 19.2 deg. East for primary and backup services.

Riding in the Ariane 5’s lower payload position is BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R – a hybrid TV broadcast and telecommunications satellite manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems on behalf of B-SAT Corporation and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.

BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R is based on Lockheed Martin’s A2100A platform and will be operated from an orbital position of 110 deg. East.

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