KONNECT and GSAT-30 are readied for Arianespace’s first Ariane 5 mission of 2020
The two satellite passengers for Arianespace’s year-opening Ariane 5 mission of 2020 are undergoing checkout at the Spaceport in preparation for their flight to geostationary transfer orbit.
During activity in the Spaceport’s S5 payload processing facility, GSAT-30 undergoes its fit-check with the Ariane 5 adapter (at left), while KONNECT is installed on a dolly for its pre-launch preparations (photo, right).
Riding in the upper position of Ariane 5’s dual-payload dispenser system will be KONNECT, a new-generation high-throughput satellite that will deliver services across Europe and Africa – which was produced by Thales Alenia Space based on its Spacebus NEO platform.
India’s GSAT-30 – which was designed, assembled and integrated by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) – will be the second passenger deployed during the mission. Built using an I-3K satellite platform, it is to provide high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services.
Both spacecraft currently are undergoing their preparation activity in the Spaceport’s S5 payload processing facility.
The launch of KONNECT and GSAT-30 is designated Flight VA251 in Arianespace’s mission numbering system – signifying the 251st liftoff of an Ariane-series vehicle from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
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