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Ariane 5 June 11, 2010

Maintaining the mission pace: three Ariane 5s are at the Spaceport in French Guiana

A convoy arrives at the Spaceport with components for the fourth Ariane 5 to be operated by Arianespace in 2010 (photo at left). In the photo at right, the core cryogenic stage for the no. 3 Ariane 5 to be launched this year is readied for its build-up process in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building.

Three Ariane 5 launch vehicles are now at the Spaceport in French Guiana as Arianespace ramps up the 2010 mission pace with its heavy-lift workhorse.

The launcher for Arianespace’s next mission currently is in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, where it is awaiting the integration of its Arabsat-5A and COMS dual-satellite payload.  This flight is scheduled for June 23, and will mark the second flight of an Ariane 5 in 2010.

Arianespace’s third Ariane 5 for liftoff in 2010 is beginning to take shape in the Launcher Integration Building at the Spaceport.  Its build-up process began on June 8 with the erection of Ariane 5’s core cryogenic stage, which subsequently will be fitted with the two solid propellant boosters and upper composite – which consists of the cryogenic upper stage and equipment bay.  This Ariane 5 will orbit the RASCOM-QAF 1R and NILESAT 201 telecommunications payloads.

Components for the fourth Ariane 5 to be operated by Arianespace in 2010 were delivered to the Spaceport this earlier week after completing their trans-Atlantic voyage from Europe.  This launcher was brought to French Guiana aboard the MN Colibri, which is one of two sea-going vessels used by Arianespace to transport its Ariane launch vehicles from Europe to South America.

Arianespace is targeting a total of six to seven Ariane 5 missions in 2010, providing the payload lift capability to meet its growing order book.

Ariane 5 June 7, 2010

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s upcoming mission is ready to receive its Arabsat-5A and COMS satellite payloads

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