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Ariane 5 November 10, 2012

Final countdown for Arianespace’s Flight VA210

The final countdown is underway for Arianespace’s sixth Ariane 5 launch of 2012, which will carry the EUTELSAT 21B and Star One C3 telecommunications satellites into geostationary transfer orbit.

This mission is to be performed from the ELA-3 launch complex at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, deploying the two passengers during a flight of 33 minutes.

Total payload lift performance for the heavy-lift mission is approximately 9,215 kg., which includes 8,250 kg for the two passengers to be released into geostationary transfer orbit, along with the launcher’s dual-payload dispenser system and integration hardware.

Arianespace’s previous Ariane 5 missions during 2012 lofted the ASTRA 2F and GSAT-10 relay platforms on September 28; the Intelsat 20 and HYLAS 2 telecom satellites on August 2; a mixed telecommunications/meteorological payload of EchoStar XVII and MSG-3 on July 5; the JCSAT-13 and VINASAT-2 telecommunications spacecraft on May 15; and Europe’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle for servicing of the International Space Station on March 23.

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