See also: Second Ariane of 2006
July 28, 2006
A second Ariane 5 ECA launch campaign is underway at the Spaceport
Arianespace is carrying out parallel launch campaigns at Europe's Spaceport with the heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA, demonstrating the company's flexibility to launch customer payloads when they are ready.
The cryogenic core stage for the parallel Ariane 5
ECA launch campaign is prepared for the startup
As one Ariane 5 ECA is awaiting the integration of its dual-satellite payload for an August 11 liftoff, a second vehicle is now taking shape in preparation for the subsequent launch - which also will carry a multiple spacecraft passengers.
The Ariane 5 ECA for Arianespace's August 11 mission is inside the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building, where it will soon will be fitted with JCSAT-10 civilian telecommunications satellite for Japan's JSAT Corporation and the French Syracuse 3B military relay platform.
Approximately 2.5 km. away, a newly-arrived Ariane 5 ECA has begun its build-up in the Launcher Integration Building, where the cryogenic core stage has erected and will be mated with the two solid boosters.
The Spaceport is designed to allow such campaigns to be performed simultaneously, with two Ariane 5 launch tables available for parallel vehicle preparation, a dual processing capability inside the separate Launcher Integration and Final Assembly Buildings, and the capacity for six spacecraft to be readied at the same time in available clean room facilities.
Arianespace has performed two Ariane 5 ECA missions this year - placing a total of four payloads into accurate geostationary transfer orbits. The company's goal is to carry out as many as six Ariane 5 flights in 2006.
Source: Arianespace Mission Updates
Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 31 July 2006 - 08:59 PM.