First Ariane 5 Mission of 2007
In the large photo above, the MN Colibri approaches Pariacabo port's jetty, where it will unload the next Ariane 5 for integration and launch from Europe's Spaceport. The photo at right shows a segment of the Ariane 5's payload fairing as it leaves the ship's cargo bay.
March 7, 2007
Another Ariane 5 arrives at Europe's Spaceport
Arianespace is keeping up its mission pace for 2007 with the delivery of another heavy-lift Ariane 5, which arrived in French Guiana yesterday aboard the MN Colibri transport ship.
MN Colibri is one of two roll-on/roll-off vessels operated by Arianespace, and it docked at the Pariacabo port near Kourou after completing a trans-Atlantic voyage from Europe.
The ship carried launch vehicle elements for Arianespace's next dual-payload flight, which will follow this Saturday's Ariane 5 heavy-lift launch with the INSAT 4B and Skynet 5A satellites.
Arianespace offers a high degree of mission reactivity for its customers, which comes from Ariane 5's unique dual-satellite capability and the flexibility of Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana - where two Ariane 5 missions can be prepared in parallel.
The company's targeted launch rate of six missions in 2007 will be boosted to a stabilized capability of eight heavy-lift flights annually from 2009, which is to provide approximately 16 payload slots per year for Arianespace customers.
Source: Arianespace Mission Updates