Arianespace’s fourth Ariane 5 launcher of 2010 is ready to receive its dual-passenger payload
The Spaceport’s Ariane 5 Final Assembly Building has welcomed its fourth heavy-lift launcher of 2010 as preparations move ahead for Arianespace’s dual-satellite mission with the Eutelsat W3B and B-SAT Corporation BSAT-3b payloads on October 28 from French Guiana.
Riding atop one of two operational launch tables at the Spaceport, Ariane 5 moves to the Final Assembly Building, where it is to await arrival of the mission’s two satellite payloads.
This Ariane 5 moved from the Launcher Integration Building to the Final Assembly Building yesterday, marking its delivery to Arianespace by vehicle prime contractor EADS Astrium Space Transportation.
A total of six Ariane 5 missions are targeted for 2010, with the following launch planned at the end of November to orbit Intelsat 17 and HYLAS-1. The year’s concluding flight is set for late December with either the no. 2 Automated Transfer Vehicle as its solo payload, or a dual-satellite launch carrying the Hispasat 1E and Koreasat 6 spacecraft.
The three launches conducted so far this year by Arianespace have orbited six satellites, delivering a combined payload lift performance of nearly 24,600 kg. into orbit.