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ЦитатаMexsat Bicentenario is delivered to French Guiana for its December launch on Ariane 5November 21, 2012 - Ariane Flight VA211 The second passenger for Arianespace's next heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission - Mexsat Bicentenario - has arrived in French Guiana.Built by satellite manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corporation, this telecommunications satellite will have an estimated liftoff mass of 2.900 kg. It is based on Orbital's GEOStar-2 spacecraft platform and will generate approximately 3.5 kilowatts of payload power, carrying 12 active extended Ku-band and 12 active extended C-band transponders.Mexsat Bicentenario will provide communications services to Mexico and its surrounding waters from the 114.9 deg. West Longitude orbital slot, with a design mission lifetime of 15 years.Orbital was sel ected by Boeing to provide the Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) segment of the Mexsat satellite system for the Federal Government of Mexico, with this contribution consisting of the Mexsat Bicentenario spacecraft and the FSS ground segment - including the satellite command and control ground equipment and software, as well as training and operational documentation.Mexsat Bicentenario was delivered to French Guiana's Félix Eboué Airport this week aboard a chartered Boeing 747 cargo aircraft, and is joining the Skynet 5D military communications satellite that recently arrived in French Guiana for its pre-launch checkout at the Spaceport.Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario will be orbited on December 19 by an Ariane 5, marking Arianespace's seventh mission in 2012 with this heavy-lift workhorse launcher. The year-ending Ariane 5 flight is designated VA211 in the Arianespace mission numbering system, designating the 211th Ariane mission since the family of European-built launch vehicles entered service in 1979.Orbital Sciences Corporation's Mexsat Bicentenario satellite is unloaded fr om the 747 cargo jetliner that delivered this satellite to Félix Eboué Airport near the French Guiana capital city of Cayenne.
ЦитатаArianespace's launcher family cadence: Ariane 5 joins Soyuz in mission preparations at the SpaceportNovember 27, 2012 - Ariane Flight VA211The Spaceport is once again handling parallel campaigns with two different members of the Arianespace launcher family, as a heavy-lift Ariane 5 has moved to the Final Assembly Building to be readied for its December 19 flight, while a medium-lift Soyuz is now complete at a separate complex in French Guiana for a nighttime launch this Friday.Arianespace's mission with Ariane 5 is to orbit the Mexsat Bicentenario telecommunications satellite for Mexico and the European Skynet 5D military relay platform. The launch is designated Flight VA211 in the company's numbering system, signifying the upcoming 211th liftoff of an Ariane family vehicle from the Spaceport.With the transfer of Flight VA211's Ariane 5 to the Final Assembly Building within the Spaceport's ELA-3 launch complex today, it will be ready to receive the dual payload for Arianespace's seventh flight with the heavy-lift workhorse vehicle in 2012.In separate activity across the Spaceport in its northwestern sector, the Soyuz for Arianespace's next medium-lift mission has been equipped with its Pléiades 1B observation satellite passenger at the ELS launch complex. This is Flight VS04, notating Soyuz' fourth mission at the Spaceport since it entered service at the facility in October 2011 - and the second liftoff in 2012 of the Russian-built vehicle from French Guiana.The Mexsat Bicentenario satellite undergoes checkout at the Spaceport, while the Ariane 5 that will orbit this spacecraft and the Skynet 5D relay platform is shown during its transfer today from the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building to the Final Assembly Building.
ЦитатаArianespace's next Ariane 5 flight enters the final payload integration phaseDecember 11, 2012 - Ariane Flight VA211 The seventh Ariane 5 for liftoff in 2012 from French Guiana has begun its final payload integration process at the Spaceport , marking a new preparatory step for this December 19 mission with the Mexsat Bicentenario and Skynet 5D satellites. During activity in the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building, Mexsat Bicentenario was positioned atop Ariane 5's core section - becoming the lower passenger in the launcher's payload "stack." It will be deployed after the separation of Skynet 5D, which will ride as the Ariane 5's upper passenger.Mexsat Bicentenario is based on Orbital Sciences Corporation's GEOStar-2 spacecraft platform, and has been designed to generate approximately 3.5 kilowatts of payload power for 12 active extended Ku-band and 12 active extended C-band transponders. Liftoff mass of the telecommunications satellite is approximately 2,900 kg.The Mexsat Bicentenario is hoisted to the Spaceport Final Assembly Building's upper level, and then readied for lowering into position on Ariane 5's core cryogenic stage .
ЦитатаPayload integration is completed for Arianespace's year-ending Ariane 5 mission with Skynet 5D and Mexsat BicentenarioOctober 14, 2012 - Ariane Flight VA211The Skynet 5D satellite has joined its Mexsat Bicentenario co-passenger on Ariane 5, marking a new milestone in preparations for Arianespace's seventh and final heavy-lift flight of 2012 from the Spaceport in French Guiana - scheduled for December 19.Encapsulated in an ogive-shaped payload fairing, Skynet 5D was lowered into place on Tuesday over Mexsat Bicentenario - which had been installed atop Ariane 5's cryogenic core stage during activity the previous day inside the Spaceport's launch vehicle Final Assembly Building.Skynet 5D is riding as the upper passenger in Ariane 5's payload "stack," to be deployed first in the launch sequence. This is the fourth satellite in the Skynet 5 series built by Astrium, which is the prime contractor for the British military satellite program - operated as a Private Finance Initiative with the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence.The Astrium Services business of Astrium operates the Skynet military satellite constellation and the ground network for all beyond-line-of-sight communications to the U.K. Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office. Astrium Services also provides Skynet-based communication services to other forces around the world, including the United States, Portugal and Australia.The Skynet 5D relay platform is expected to reinforce and extend the operational services provided by the three Skynet 5 satellites already in orbit. It will be located over the Middle East - at a 53 deg. East orbital slot. The first three Skynet 5 satellites also were launched by Arianespace on Ariane 5 vehicles.Larger fuel tanks on this latest Skynet spacecraft will enable it to be repositioned more frequently to meet operational needs. Skynet 5D will extend the total commercially-owned X-band (Super High Frequency) to over 2 GHz of high powered beams across the globe. To provide additional UHF capacity on Skynet 5D for military and government customers worldwide, Astrium Services earlier this year signed a multi-million dollar contract with Harris CapRock.The Mexsat Bicentenario passenger to be launched December 19 with Skynet 5D on Ariane 5 is based on Orbital Sciences Corporation's GEOStar-2 spacecraft platform. It will provide communications services to Mexico and its surrounding waters from the 114.9 deg. West Longitude orbital slot and has a design mission lifetime of 15 years.Orbital was sel ected by Boeing to provide the Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) segment of the Mexsat satellite system for the Federal Government of Mexico, with this contribution consisting of the Mexsat Bicentenario spacecraft and the FSS ground segment - including satellite command and control ground equipment and software, as well as training and operational documentation.The year-ending Ariane 5 mission with Mexsat Bicentenario and Skynet 5D is designated Flight VA211 in Arianespace's numbering system, signifying the 211th liftoff for an Ariane family vehicle fr om the Spaceport. The payload fairing containing Skynet 5D is readied in the Spaceport's Ariane 5 Final Assembly Building for installation atop its launcher.
ЦитатаArianespace's year-ending Ariane 5 flight is cleared for its December 19 liftoffDecember 17, 2012 - Ariane Flight VA211Arianespace's seventh and final Ariane 5 launch of 2012 has received its "green light" for liftoff with today's successful launch readiness review performed at the Spaceport in French Guiana. The review is held prior to each Ariane 5 mission, ensuring that the heavy-lift launch vehicle and its payload are flight-ready, along with the Spaceport's infrastructure and the network of downrange tracking stations. This approval clears the way for Ariane 5's rollout tomorrow from the Final Assembly Building to Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 at the Spaceport - positioning it for liftoff on Wednesday, December 19 during a launch window that opens at 6:49 p.m. and continues to 8:08 p.m., local time in French Guiana.This flight will orbit a dual-passenger payload of the Mexsat Bicentenario telecommunications satellite for the Mexican Secretariat of Communications and Transport, along with the Skynet 5D secure military communications relay platform for the European operator Astrium Services, on behalf of the British Ministry of Defence.Skynet 5D was built by Astrium Satellites of Stevenage, England, and will be the 38th military payload lofted by the Ariane launcher family. Weighing approximately 4,800 kg. at launch and based on the Eurostar E3000 platform, it has an expected lifetime of 15 years and will be the 89th Astrium satellite launched by Arianespace. The spacecraft will be operated from a geostationary orbital position of 25 deg. East following its deployment. Mexsat Bicentenario was built by the Virginia, U.S.-based Orbital Sciences Corporation, based on its GEOStar-2 platform. This will be the fifth Mexican satellite launched by Ariane and the 23rd Orbital-built satellite to be transported by Arianespace. The spacecraft has a design lifetime of 16 years and weighs an estimated 2,935 kg. for liftoff. It will be positioned in geostationary orbit at 114.9 deg. West to provide communication services to Mexico and its surrounding waters. This year-ending Ariane 5 mission is designated VA211 in Arianespace's flight numbering system, signifying the 211th Ariane family liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana. Its total payload performance is approximately 8,635 kg. - which includes the two satellite passengers and their integration hardware for Ariane 5's dual-payload deployment system.Launch Window for Ariane Flight VA211 Universal time (GMT)Between 9:49 p.m. and 11:08 p.m. on December 19http://www.arianespace.com/images/launch-kits/launch-kit-pdf-eng/VA211-Skynet5D-Mexsat-Bicentenario-GB.pdfhttp://www.arianespace.com/images/launch-kits/poster-pics/VA211-launchkit-cover.pdf
ЦитатаOn a theme of "10," Arianespace completes another year of launch successesDecember 19, 2012 - Ariane Flight VA211Arianespace's Ariane 5 flight with the Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellite passengers today wrapped up another busy year of company launch activity, with its successes highlighted by the theme of "10."During 2012, the Arianespace launcher family performed a total of 10 missions from the Spaceport in French Guiana, led by the heavy-lift Ariane 5 with its 10-metric-ton payload lift performance - which has logged 53 consecutive successes during the past 10 years.Arianespace's mission cadence in 2012 was called "remarkable" by Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall."It confirms the interest, effectiveness and availability of our launcher product line - which enables us to launch all satellites, for all of our customers, to all orbits," he said during comments after today's flight. "In addition, 2012 also marked a yearly record in terms of payload mass placed into orbit, since - for the first time - we have reached a total of nearly 75 tons, of which 20 tons was for the Edoardo Amaldi Automated Transfer Vehicle!"The Arianespace launcher family missions performed from French Guiana this year were composed of seven heavy-lift Ariane 5 flights, two with the medium-lift Soyuz, and the lightweight Vega's inaugural launch.Le Gall paid homage to all of the players who contributed to the 2012 successes, including the European Space Agency, France's CNES space agency, the Spaceport teams in French Guiana, Europe's industrial network for Ariane and Vega, the Russian companies for Soyuz, and the team at Arianespace.Along with the Spaceport's launch successes was an additional Soyuz mission - performed from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan by Arianespace's Starsem affiliate."And I can add that if you liked 2012, you will love 2013!" Le Gall stated in his concluding remarks.For tonight's mission, Ariane 5 deployed its Skynet 5D payload first, followed by Mexsat Bicentenario during a 36-minute flight profile that came after an on-time departure from French Guiana at 6:49 p.m.Underscoring Ariane 5's continued high level of accuracy, the launch vehicle's estimated orbital parameters at injection of its cryogenic upper stage were:- Perigee: 249.8 km. for a target of 249.7 km.- Apogee: 35,981 km. for a target of 35,972 km.- Inclination: 1.99 deg. for a target of 2.00 deg.Skynet 5D was orbited for Astrium Services as the fourth in the British military's Skynet 5 satellite system, and weighed approximately 4,800 kg. at launch. This spacecraft is designed to reinforce and extend the operational services provided by the three other Skynet 5 satellites - all orbited by Ariane 5 - and will be located over the Middle East at a 53 deg. East orbital slot. The Skynet program is operated as a Private Finance Initiative with the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence.Mexsat Bicentenario weighed an estimated 3,000 kg. for liftoff, and is based on Orbital Sciences Corporation's GEOStar-2 platform. It is to provide communications services to Mexico and its surrounding waters from the 114.9 deg. West Longitude orbital slot. Orbital was designated by Boeing to provide the Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) segment of the Mexsat satellite system for the Federal Government of Mexico.As Arianespace celebrated a 2012 to remember in terms of its launch activity, the company already is looking to next year's activity. Preparations are well advanced for a Starsem Soyuz mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome with six Globalstar constellation spacecraft at the start of February, as well as an Ariane 5 launch at the Spaceport - which is to orbit the Amazonas 3 and Azerspace/Africasat-1 telecommunications satellites during the first week in February.The year-ending Ariane 5 mission of 2012 was a dual-payload flight performed from the Spaceport's ELA-3 launch complex in French Guiana.The Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites were lofted on the heavy-lift Ariane 5 launcher's 53 consecutive successful mission.