Launch readiness confirmed: Arianespace’s fifth mission of 2019 is cleared for liftoff
Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 flight has been authorized for liftoff on June 20 following today’s launch readiness review, which was conducted at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
This milestone confirmed that the launcher and its dual-satellite payload – comprised of T-16 and EUTELSAT 7C – are flight-ready, along with the Spaceport’s infrastructure and the network of downrange tracking stations.
With approval granted, Ariane 5 is cleared for tomorrow’s rollout from the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building to its ELA-3 launch zone. Liftoff will occur the following day during a 1-hr., 47-min. launch window that opens at 6:43 p.m. local time in French Guiana.
Ariane 5 will deliver a payload lift performance of 10,594 kg. on the mission to geostationary transfer orbit, which is designated Flight VA248. This total includes T-16 and EUTELSAT 7C, plus the workhorse vehicle’s dual-payload deployment system and integration hardware.
Arianespace’s June 20 mission will mark the fifth flight in 2019 by its launch vehicle family – which consists of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-size Soyuz and lightweight Vega. It will be the second this year using Ariane 5.
Launch window for Flight VA248:
From 2:43 PM to 4:30 PM on June 20
From 5:43 PM to 7:30 PM on June 20
From 6:43 PM to 8:30 PM on June 20
From 21:43 to 23:30 on June 20
From 11:43 PM to 1:30 AM on June 20-21
More details are available in the VA248 launch kit: