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Ariane 5 July 28, 2011

The Ariane 5 mission with ASTRA 1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R is set for August 5

Arianespace’s fourth heavy-lift mission of 2011 has been scheduled for the evening of August 5, carrying two satellites dedicated to direct-to-home television broadcasting.

This flight will mark the 59th launch of an Ariane 5, and is to deliver a total payload of 9,095 kg. — of which 8,240 kg. is the mass of the ASTRA 1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R satellites – into geostationary transfer orbit.

Shown in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, Ariane 5 is readied for its August 5 liftoff with ASTRA 1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R.

Shown in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, Ariane 5 is readied for its August 5 liftoff with ASTRA 1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R.

To be released first in the mission at 27 minutes after liftoffis ASTRA 1N, built by EADS Astrium in Toulouse, France for Luxembourg-based operator SES Astra.  It will be operated from an orbital position of 19.2° East with a design lifetime of 15 years.

Ariane 5 will deploy the BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R satellite at 38 minutes into the flight.  Built by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems in Newtown, Pennsylvania as part of a turnkey contract for the Japanese operators B-SAT Corporation and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, it will be located at 110° East and is to provide both direct-to-home television and telecommunications services.

The flight with BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R and ASTRA 1N has been postponed to allow for reconfiguration of the Ariane 5 and the subsequent checkout after an anomaly interrupted the initial final countdown earlier this month.

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