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13.10.2014

Ariane Flight VA221
Preparations for Arianespace’s sixth Ariane 5 mission in 2014 are gearing up with two separate milestones marked this week in French Guiana: arrival of one of the flight’s two satellite passengers – DIRECTV-14 – and the assembly start-up for its heavy-lift launcher.
The DIRECTV-14 spacecraft – which was built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operator DIRECTV – was transported by a chartered An-124 cargo jetliner that landed at Félix Eboué International Airport near the capital city of Cayenne, then unloaded for its transfer by road to the Spaceport.
Based on SSL’s 1300-series platform, this high-capacity satellite is to strengthen DIRECTV’s direct-to-home (DTH) digital entertainment services across the United States and Puerto Rico.
In parallel activity, the mission’s Ariane 5 is coming together as initial build-up procedures involving this workhorse vehicle are performed in French Guiana.
Located inside the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, the Ariane 5 began taking shape during a multi-step process with positioning of the vehicle’s cryogenic core stage over its mobile launch table, followed by integration of the two solid propellant boosters.
The mission is designated Flight VA221 in Arianespace’s numbering system, on which DIRECT-14 will be joined by its co-passenger: the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) GSAT-16 telecommunications satellite. 
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The Ariane 5 cryogenic core stage for Flight VA221 is readied to be raised into position over its mobile launch table to initiate the build-up activity.
Quelle: arianespace
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Update: 25.10.2014
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India's GSAT-16 reaches French Guiana for launch by Ariane 5 in early December
India's communication satellite GSAT-16, that will be a co-passenger on the sixth Ariane 5 mission scheduled for early December, reached Arianespace's spaceport at Korou in French Guiana earlier this week, the European commercial satellite launch company said.
 
A press release from Arianespace said the satellite reached the Félix Eboué International Airport near the capital city of Cayenne by a chartered cargo aircraft. From there, it was transferred by road to the spaceport.
 
Designed, assembled and integrated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GSAT-16 – which will weigh approximately 3,150 kg. at liftoff – is meant to deliver C- and Ku-band telecommunications services that include very small aperture terminal (VSAT) transmissions, TV broadcasting and emergency communications.
 
GSAT-16’s co-passenger on the Arianespace mission – DIRECTV-14, built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operator DIRECTV – arrived in French Guiana earlier this month and is being readied for launch at the spaceport.
 
Ariane 5’s early December FLIGHT is designated VA221 in Arianespace’s numbering system for its family of launchers, which also includes the medium-lift Soyuz and light-lift Vega, the release added.
 
According to ISRO, GSAT-16 is a communication satellite configured around I-3K extended bus with a lift off mass of 3150 kg and 6500 W power GENERATION capacity with mission life of more than 12 years. 
 
The spacecraft's commercial payload includes transponders in Ku and C-band. GSAT-16 is aimed at further augmenting communication services in the country, it said.
n November last year, Arianespace had said ISRO had chosen it to launch its GSAT-15 and GSAT-16 telecommunication satellites.
 
GSAT-15 will also ahve lift-off weight of 3150 kg and 6500 W power GENERATION capacity. Its commercial payload will include Ku-Band transponders and a two-channel GAGAN payload. 
 
On August 30 last year, Arianespace's Ariane 5-VA 215 launch vehicle had launched India's first DEDICATEDmaritime communications satellite, GSAT-7, which will have defence applications also.
 
ISRO has a long history of launching payloads with Arianespace – DATING back to the third mission of an Ariane-series vehicle in 1981. Arianespace has so far launched 17 satellites for ISRO, including INSAT-3D, which was a co-passenger on Ariane FLIGHT VA214 in July last year.
Quelle: NetIndian
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Update: 27.10.2014 
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India's GSAT-16 is delivered to French Guiana for the next Arianespace Ariane 5 launch

Protected by its shipping container, GSAT-16 is unloaded from the cargo jetliner following this Indian satellite’s delivery to French Guiana.
Ariane Flight VA221
Both satellite passengers for Arianespace’s sixth Ariane 5 mission of 2014 are now in French Guiana, marking a new milestone as preparations continue ahead of this heavy-lift flight scheduled for early December.
The GSAT-16 spacecraft arrived this week at Félix Eboué International Airport near the capital city of Cayenne. It was delivered by a chartered cargo aircraft and after touching down in French Guiana, subsequently was unloaded for transfer by road to the Spaceport.
Designed, assembled and integrated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GSAT-16 – which will weigh approximately 3,150 kg. at liftoff – is to deliver C- and Ku-band telecommunications services that include very small aperture terminal (VSAT) transmissions, TV broadcasting and emergency communications.
GSAT-16’s co-passenger on the upcoming Arianespace mission – DIRECTV-14, built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operator DIRECTV – arrived in French Guiana earlier this month and is being readied for launch at the Spaceport.
Ariane 5’s early December flight is designated VA221 in Arianespace’s numbering system for its family of launchers, which also includes the medium-lift Soyuz and light-lift Vega.
Quelle: arianespace
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Update: 2.11.2014 
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DIRECTV-14 is fueled for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 launch

DIRECTV-14 receives its propellant load inside the S5A fueling and integration hall of the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility.

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The DIRECTV-14 satellite has been fueled at the Spaceport as preparations continue for its launch on Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission – which is scheduled for liftoff in early December, with India’s GSAT-16 as the co-passenger.
Built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operator DIRECTV, the high-capacity spacecraft received its propellant load in the S5A fueling and integration hall – with this activity coming after DIRECTV-14’s fit-check process performed earlier this month in the Spaceport’s S5C clean room facility.
Based on the SSL 1300 platform, DIRECTV-14 is a 20-kilowatt class Ka-band and reverse-band digital broadcast satellite that will be used to deliver Ultra HD and other new consumer services for DIRECTV. It was designed with a very advanced beam forming network to provide service across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
DIRECTV-14 will be joined on the flight by the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) GSAT-16 telecommunications satellite – which also is being readied for launch at the Spaceport, and is designed to provide telecommunications services that include VSAT transmissions, TV broadcasting and emergency communications.
Ariane 5’s early December mission with DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 is designated VA221 in Arianespace’s numbering system for its family of launchers. 
Quelle: arianespace
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Update: 9.11.2014
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GSAT-16 is put through its paces for Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 flight

Ariane Flight VA221
The Indian GSAT-16 telecommunications satellite for Arianespace’s next heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission is undergoing a detailed checkout at the Spaceport in French Guiana ahead of its scheduled liftoff on December 4.
GSAT-16 was designed, assembled and integrated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and validations performed in the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility include its initial fit-check with launch vehicle hardware, as well as solar panel deployment.
The latter step involved the extension of GSAT-16’s multi-segment solar panels, validating the proper operation before they are definitively stowed against the satellite in the final liftoff configuration. This particular test uses an overhead latticework that helps support the solar panel's weight – simulating zero gravity conditions of space as the panel opens to its full length.
GSAT-16 will weigh approximately 3,150 kg. at liftoff, and is to deliver C- and Ku-band telecommunications services that include very small aperture terminal (VSAT) transmissions, TV broadcasting and emergency communications.
For the upcoming launch, GSAT-16 will be joined by its co-passenger: DIRECTV-14, which was built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operator DIRECTV.
The December 4 flight with Ariane 5 is designated VA221 in Arianespace’s numbering system for its family of launchers, which also includes the medium-lift Soyuz and light-lift Vega. 
Quelle: arianespace
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Update: 15.11.2014 
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Ariane Flight VA221
Arianespace’s sixth Ariane 5 for launch in 2014 is now ready to receive its two satellite passengers after this workhorse vehicle was moved to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building in French Guiana.
The Ariane 5 rolled out yesterday from the Launcher Integration Building – where its core cryogenic stage, two solid boosters and cryogenic upper stage were mated by industrial architect Airbus Defence and Space – to the Final Assembly Building for delivery to Arianespace.
Now under Arianespace’s responsibility, the launcher is set for integration of its payloads – the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) GSAT-16; and DIRECTV-14, which was built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operator DIRECTV. This activity will be followed by the final verifications and subsequent transfer to the ELA-3 launch zone in advance of the scheduled December 4 liftoff.
This upcoming heavy-lift flight is designated VA221 in Arianespace’s numbering system, signifying the 221st flight of an Ariane family vehicle since 1979. 
Quelle: arianespace
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Update: 16.11.2014
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DirecTV 14 set for December 4 launch

Arianespace’s sixth Ariane 5 for launch in 2014 is now ready to receive its two satellite passengers after the vehicle was moved to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building in French Guiana.
The Ariane 5 rolled out from the Launcher Integration Building – where its core cryogenic stage, two solid boosters and cryogenic upper stage were mated by industrial architect Airbus Defence and Space – to the Final Assembly Building for delivery to Arianespace.
Now under Arianespace’s responsibility, the launcher is set for integration of its payloads – the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) GSAT-16; and DirecTV-14, which was built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operator DirecTV.
This activity will be followed by the final verifications and subsequent transfer to the ELA-3 launch zone in advance of the scheduled December 4 liftoff.
This upcoming heavy-lift flight is designated VA221 in Arianespace’s numbering system, signifying the 221st flight of an Ariane family vehicle since 1979.
DirecTV 14 is a high-capacity spacecraft that will use Ka-band and the new “Reverse” DBS band to expand HD and other new consumer services. This satellite will be the sixth SSL-built satellite in DirecTV’s fleet based on the 1300 satellite platform.
This satellite will provide service for users across the US (including Hawaii and Alaska) and Puerto Rico.
Quelle: BTN
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Update: 21.11.2014 
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GSAT-16 is fueled for its Ariane 5 launch with DIRECTV-14 on December 4


Ariane Flight VA221

India’s GSAT-16 telecommunications satellite has been fueled at the Spaceport for its launch on Arianespace’s next heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission, which is scheduled for December 4 from French Guiana.
Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GSAT-16 will have a liftoff mass of approximately 3,150 kg.  It carries Ku- and C-band transponders to further augment communication services across India.
GSAT-16 will be joined on Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission by co-passenger DIRECTV-14, which was built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operator DIRECTV.  This relay platform is a 20-kilowatt-class Ka-band and reverse-band digital broadcast satellite, to be used in delivering Ultra HD and other new consumer services for DIRECTV.
The mission with GSAT-16 and DIRECTV-14 will be Ariane 5’s sixth launch in 2014, and is designated Flight VA221 in Arianespace’s numbering system for its family of launchers – which also includes the medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega vehicles.
Quelle: arianespace
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Update: 29.11.2014
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DIRECTV-14 is “pointed” for its liftoff next week on Arianespace’s dual-payload Ariane 5 mission

Ariane Flight VA221
The upper passenger for Arianespace’s dual-satellite launch from French Guiana next week has been encapsulated in its protective payload fairing, preparing the DIRECTV-14 relay platform for its integration on Ariane 5.
During activity in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building for Ariane 5, DIRECTV-14 was mounted on the launcher’s SYLDA dispenser unit, followed by the lowering of a large ogive-shaped payload fairing over the combined unit – creating the mission’s “upper composite” section.
With this step completed, the upper composite is now ready to be integrated on the launcher by its positioning atop the mission’s other passenger, India’s GSAT-16 satellite, which is to be integrated on Ariane 5’s core cryogenic stage.
DIRECTV-14 is the larger of Ariane 5’s two passengers on the December 4 mission, and will serve as a 20-kilowatt class Ka-band and reverse-band digital broadcast satellite to deliver Ultra HD and other new consumer services for DIRECTV. Based on the SSL (Space Systems/Loral) 1300 spacecraft platform with a liftoff mass of approximately 6,300 kg., it is to provide service for users across the U.S. (including Hawaii and Alaska) and Puerto Rico.
The GSAT-16 satellite that also will be launched on the upcoming Ariane 5 mission was developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and carries Ku- and C-band transponders to further augment communication services across India. GSAT-16’s liftoff mass is estimated at 3,180 kg.
Arianespace’s December 4 launch is designed Flight VA221 in the company’s launcher family numbering system, signifying the 221st liftoff of an Ariane family vehicle from the Spaceport. 
Quelle: arianespace
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Update: 1.12.2014
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Launcher buildup completed: DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 are both integrated for this week’s Ariane 5 liftoff

Ariane Flight VA221
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s upcoming flight from French Guiana is now complete following integration of its two satellite passengers: DIRECTV-14 for operator DIRECTV, and the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) GSAT-16 – both of which will be orbited on this heavy-lift mission planned for December 4.
Encapsulated in the ogive-shaped protective fairing, DIRECTV-14 has been positioned atop GSAT-16 – which was installed on the launcher’s cryogenic core stage during activity inside the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building for Ariane 5.
These successful integration steps enable a new series of preparation milestones to begin. They include the launch readiness review on December 2, which is to be followed by Ariane 5’s rollout to the ELA-3 launch zone the next day.
Liftoff is scheduled during a 1-hr., 10-min. launch window opening on December 4 at 5:38 p.m. local time in French Guiana, with the two spacecraft to be deployed on a flight lasting approximately 32 minutes.
Ariane 5 will deliver a payload lift performance of more than 10,200 kg. during the mission, which includes a combined total of over 9,470 kg. for DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16, plus the launch vehicle’s dual-passenger dispenser system and satellite integration hardware.
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Quelle: arianespace
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Update: 3.12.2014
 
 
Quelle: arianespace
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Update: 4.12.2014 / 15.00 MEZ
 
 
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The Ariane 5 nears completion of its transfer from the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building – where this heavy-lift vehicle received its DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 payloads – to the ELA-3 launch zone.
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Ariane Flight VA221
Ariane 5 is now at the ELA-3 launch complex for its December 4 mission in service of two long-standing Arianespace customers: DIRECTV and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
During activity at the Spaceport today, the workhorse heavy-lift vehicle – with its DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 dual-passenger payload – was transferred atop its mobile launch table from the Final Assembly Building to the dedicated Ariane 5 launch zone.
Designated Flight VA221 in the company’s numbering system, Arianespace’s sixth heavy-lift mission of the year is scheduled to lift off tomorrow during a 1-hr., 10-min. launch window that opens at 5:38 p.m. local time in French Guiana.
As the seventh satellite to be lofted by Arianespace with a DIRECTV payload, DIRECTV-14 is the mission’s upper passenger and will be released first in the flight sequence at nearly 28 minutes after liftoff. Built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral), DIRECTV-14 is a 20-kilowatt class Ka-band and reverse-band digital broadcast satellite that will deliver Ultra HD and other new consumer services for DIRECTV.
GSAT-16 – which is installed in the vehicle’s lower position – will be the 18th satellite launched by Arianespace for ISRO and is to be separated at just over 32 minutes after liftoff to complete Ariane 5’s mission. Carrying Ku- and C-band transponders to further augment communication services across India, the GSAT-16 spacecraft was developed by the country’s ISRO space agency.
Quelle: arianespace
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Update: 19.30 MEZ
 
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Arianespace Vol VA221
Ariane 5 ECA –DIRECTV-14/GSAT-16
Launch postponed 
In keeping with the CNES/CSG safety regulations, the launch of Arianespace Flight 221 has been postponed due to unfavourable weather conditions over the launch pad in Kourou, French Guiana. Flight 221 will place into geostationary transfer orbit the DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 telecommunications satellites.
Another launch date will be decided depending on the evolution of the weather conditions in Kourou.
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Update: 6.12.2014 
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GSAT-16 satellite set to be launched tomorrow
Bengaluru, Dec 6, 2014, (PTI) :
 
After being deferred twice,India's latest communication satellite GSAT-16 will be launched tomorrow from the space port of Kourou, French Guiana, Indian Space Research Organisation said.
"GSAT-16 launch is rescheduled on early morning of Dec 07 at 02:10 hrs (IST) from French Guiana," ISRO said on its website.
Hit by inclement weather, the launch of GSAT-16 was deferred for the second time yesterday after it was rescheduled to be put into space in the early hours today by Ariane 5 rocket.
The satellite launch was originally scheduled for Friday but was put off. ISRO had rescheduled it for today at 02.09 AM (IST) but within hours it was postponed again, citing the inclement weather at the launch base.
Ariane 5 VA221 is to place in orbit GSAT-16 which is designed to augment the national space capacity in communication services, along with DIRECTV-14, built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operator DIRECTV to provide direct-to-home television broadcasts across the US.
The capacity crunch has forced ISRO to lease 95 transponders on foreign satellites mainly for private TV broadcasters' use.
GSAT-16, with a designated on orbit operational life of 12 years, will boost public and private TV and radio services, large-scale Internet and telephone operations.
GSAT-16 will replace INSAT-3E, decommissioned prematurely in April. It will be the 18th satellite to be launched by Arianespace for ISRO.
Quelle: Deccan Herald
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Arianespace Flight VA221 scheduled for December 6
Kourou, December 6, 2014
In light of the improvement in the weather conditions over the Guiana Space Center, Arianespace has decided to restart the countdown for Ariane Flight VA221. This mission will place two satellites into orbit: DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16.
Lift-off of the Ariane 5 ECA launcher is now set for the night of Saturday, December 6, as early as possible in the following launch window:
From 5:40 p.m. to 6:49 p.m., local time in Kourou, French Guiana
From 3:40 p.m. to 4:49 p.m. in Washington D.C.
From 8:40 p.m. to 9:49 p.m. UTC,
From 9:40 p.m. to 10:49 p.m. in Paris,
From 2:10 a.m. to 3:19 a.m. in Bangalore, on Sunday, December 7.
Quelle: arianespace
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An Ariane 5 has lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits.
Launch of flight VA221 occurred on 6 December at 20:40 GMT (21:40 CET, 17:40 local time).
DirecTV-14, with a mass of about 6300 kg and mounted on top of Ariane’s Sylda dual-payload carrier, was the first to be released about 28 minutes into the mission.
Following a series of burns controlled by Ariane’s computer, the Sylda structure encasing the 3181 kg GSAT-16 was then jettisoned. GSAT was released into its own transfer orbit about four and a half minutes after the first satellite.
DirecTV-14, owned by DirecTV, will be positioned at 99°W longitude in geostationary orbit to deliver Ultra HD direct-to-home TV across the USA and Puerto Rico. The satellite has a design life of about 15 years.
GSAT-16, owned by the Indian Space Research Organization, will be positioned at 55°E in geostationary orbit to augment communication services across India. It has a design life of 12 years.
The payload mass for this launch was 10 352 kg. The satellites totalled 9481 kg, with payload adapters and carrying structures making up the rest.
Quelle: ESA
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