Thu, Mar 25, 2010
Will Carry A Dual Payload Of Civilian And Military
Arianespace has set March 26 as the launch date for its initial
Ariane 5 mission of 2010, Ariane Flight V194. The launch will carry
SES ASTRA's ASTRA 3B commercial telecommunications satellite and
the COMSATBw-2 secure relay platform for the German armed
The Friday evening liftoff is scheduled at the opening of a
launch window that runs from 1903 local time at the Spaceport in
French Guiana to 1952 (22h03-22h52 UTC).
This mission will be the 194th flight of an Ariane family launch
vehicle, and the 50th for an Ariane 5. The heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA
version will be carrying a total payload of approximately 20,000
pounds, which includes 17,500 pounds for the ASTRA 3B and
COMSATBw-2 satellites, plus the associated integration hardware and
the SYLDA dual-payload dispenser system.
ASTRA 3B is a state-of-the-art Ku- and Ka-band spacecraft
designed for direct-to-home broadcast services and two-way
broadband relay across Europe and the Middle East. Produced by EADS
Astrium, it will be positioned at SES ASTRA's important 23.5 deg.
East orbital position.
COMSATBw-2 will deliver key services for the German Bundeswehr
(German armed forces). Based on the Spacebus 3000B2 satellite bus,
the platform was designed, integrated and tested by Thales Alenia
Space on behalf of EADS Astrium - the program's space segment prime
This year-opening flight had been postponed from March 24 to
allow for certain additional verifications on the launch vehicle.
The delay is in line with Arianespace's policy of ensuring the
total readiness of its launchers as part of the company's
commitment to quality and reliability.
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