The Arianespace heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission with telecommunications satellites for two leading Asia-Pacific operators received the ‘green light’ today for its Thursday liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana.
Ariane 5 is readied for Arianespace’s September launch with Measat-3b (pictured) and Optus 10.
The Measat-3b satellite is confirmed for launch on May 28, 2014, on Ariane Flight VA218.
Payload preparations for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission are gearing up following this week’s delivery of Measat-3b – one of two satellite passengers for launch on the heavy-lift flight VA218 – to French Guiana.
Ariane 5’s Flight VA216 has orbited two satellites, Astra 5B for SES and Amazonas 4A for Hispasat.
Following a 24-hour delay due to bad weather conditions, Ariane flight VA216 is now ready for lift-off tonight, March 22, at 7:04 pm local time in French Guiana (10.04pm GMT).
High winds at ground level prevented today’s transfer of the Ariane 5 launcher for Arianespace’s Flight VA216 mission with Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A, resulting in a 24-hour postponement of this mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana.
Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 flight of 2014 has been approved for its March 21 liftoff following a successful launch readiness review, which was performed at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
The Astra 5B satellite, one of two passengers for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission, has been delivered to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, marking a step in payload integration.
Arianespace has said that the Ariane Flight VA216 launch with Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A on board, is postponed.