Thu, May 26, 2011
First Of Two Satellites To Be Carried On July Launch
The initial payload for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 dual-payload
launch is now in French Guiana following a trans-Atlantic delivery
flight as preparations continue for this fourth heavy-lift mission
of 2011, which is planned in early July from the Spaceport.
Ariane 5 File Photo
Arriving at Cayenne's Rochambeau International Airport aboard an
Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft, ASTRA 1N completed its airlift from
the Toulouse, France facilities of EADS Astrium - which designed
and manufactured this communications relay platform for satellite
operator SES ASTRA.
ASTRA 1N will deliver direct-to-home broadcast services -
including digital and high definition television - with
pan-European coverage, and it is planned to primarily serve the
German, French and Spanish markets. The satellite is based on
Astrium's Eurostar E3000 platform, with a liftoff mass of 5,350 kg.
and designed mission life of 15 years.
The satellite will be orbited along with its co-passenger, BSAT
3c/JCSAT 110R, on another of Ariane 5's trademark dual-payload
missions. It follows Arianespace's latest heavy-lift success on May
20, which lofted the ST-2 and GSAT-8 spacecraft from Europe's
Spaceport in French Guiana.
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