Arianespace’s mission with the Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat New Dawn satellites is on track for its liftoff this evening, April 22, following Ariane 5’s rollout to the ELA-3 launch zone at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
Arianespace has said it is on track for the rescheduled April 22 liftoff of its Ariane 5mission with the Yahsat 1A and Intelsat New Dawn satellite payloads after replacement of actuators on the heavy-lift launcher’s Vulcain 2 cryogenic main engine.
The Ariane 5 is ready to launch two communication satellites, Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat New Dawn, today (March 30). Preparations now are underway for the final countdown leading to liftoff during a launch window that opens at 6:45 p.m. local time in French Guiana and continues to 7:52 p.m.
The 57th Ariane 5 to be launched from French Guiana has completed the initial build-up process, preparing it to receive a dual-payload of the Yahsat 1A and Intelsat New Dawn satellites.