Initial launcher assembly clears Ariane 5 for its payload integration process
The Ariane 5 “upper composite” for Flight VA229 was hoisted in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, then positioned atop the vehicle’s core cryogenic stage for installation.
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s second flight of 2016 has completed its basic build-up, marking a key milestone as preparations advance for this early March mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana – which will carry the EUTELSAT 65 West A relay satellite.
During activity this week inside the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building for Ariane 5, the “upper composite” – consisting of its cryogenic upper stage and equipment bay – was installed atop the workhorse vehicle’s already-assembled components: the core cryogenic stage and two solid propellant boosters.
This process clears the way for additional integration and check-out, enabling Ariane 5’s subsequent rollout to the Final Assembly Building for installation of its single passenger.
The upcoming mission with EUTELSAT 65 West A is designated Flight VA229 in Arianespace’s numbering system. It will be the 229th launch of an Ariane vehicle since the European launcher series entered operation in 1979, as well as the 85th flight of an Ariane 5 overall.
Built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) for operator Eutelsat, EUTELSAT 65 West A will offer coverage for Latin America in C, Ku and Ka bands – providing video distribution and direct-to-home broadcasting, along with flexible high throughput for broadband access, from an orbital position of 65 deg. West.
Arianespace’s started its 2016 launch activity earlier this week with Flight VA228 – an Ariane 5 mission performed on January 27 to orbit the Intelsat 29e relay satellite for Intelsat.
EUTELSAT 65 WEST A FLIES INTO KOUROU FOR ARIANE LAUNCH ON 9 MARCH
EUTELSAT 65 West A being unloaded from the Antonov aircraft in Cayenne.
Multi-mission satellite to go live ahead of the Rio Olympics
Kourou, Paris, 8 February 2016 – Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) announces that its EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite arrived in Kourou on 6 February and is on track for launch on 9 March by an Ariane rocket. Lift-off of the 6.5 tonne satellite is scheduled on 9 March at 02:22 local time (05:22 GMT, 06:22 CET).
Built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) in California, EUTELSAT 65 West A is a tri-band satellite designed to target fast-growing markets across Latin America. Its high-power Ku-band payload will enable DTH reception of digital and HD channels across Brazil with 60cm antennas and facilitate corporate connectivity in Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean region. EUTELSAT 65 West A also features a transatlantic C-band coverage for cross-continental video contribution and distribution and a multi-spotbeam Ka-band payload that will promote broadband access across Latin America, notably Brazil.
Premier coverage of Brazil ahead of the Rio Olympics
EUTELSAT 65 West A will be located at 65° west, a premier position for the Brazilian TV market. The satellite will reach geostationary orbit ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, providing a unique solution for live TV transmissions from Brazil to Latin America and Europe and further afield via Eutelsat’s global fleet.
High Throughput Payload for broadband in Latin America
EUTELSAT 65 West A will also deliver flexible high throughput coverage of Latin America to address growing demand for connectivity. The Brazilian Ka-band payload is already fully booked, selected by Hughes Network Systems do Brasil (Hughes) as its springboard for mass market broadband services.
EUTELSAT 65 West A is another step strengthening Eutelsat’s position as an operator of reference across the Americas. Coverage was bolstered in 2015 by the launch of EUTELSAT 115 West B and will be further consolidated later this year by EUTELSAT 117 West B.
Launcher and satellite preparations continue for Ariane 5’s mission with EUTELSAT 65 West A
Ariane 5 moves from the Launcher Integration Building to the Final Assembly Building, riding on one of two mobile launch tables for the heavy-lift vehicle. The second launch table is visible in the foreground, at right, awaiting Arianespace’s subsequent Ariane 5 mission.
The preparations for Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 launch of 2016 are continuing for a March 9 liftoff from French Guiana, with the heavy-lift vehicle now transferred to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, and its EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite payload undergoing its fueling.
EUTELSAT 65 West A is fueled in the Spaceport’s S5 satellite preparation facility.
Designated Flight VA229 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, the mission has a lift performance estimated at 6,764 kg. – which includes the 6,615 kg. mass of EUTELSAT 65 West A, along with the hardware used for this single payload’s integration on the Ariane 5.
EUTELSAT 65 West A will be 31st satellite launched by Arianespace for the Paris, France-based Eutelsat, which supplies satellite capacity and services for video, data and broadband applications.
After Ariane 5’s delivery to geostationary transfer orbit, the SSL-built (Space Systems Loral) satellite will be maneuvered to an orbital slot of 65 deg. West, where it will serve expanding markets in Brazil and across Latin America. EUTELSAT 65 West A combines broad coverage in C- and Ku-bands for video distribution, cellular backhaul and direct-to-home broadcasting with a high throughput payload for broadband access in the Ka-band.
Flight VA229 is part of Arianespace’s busy launch manifest for 2016. The company is targeting as many as eight missions utilizing the Ariane 5, with other flights performed by the medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.
EUTELSAT 65 West A begins its launcher hardware integration for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission
The launch campaign for Arianespace’s upcoming Ariane 5 mission from French Guiana has entered its latest phase of preparations, with the flight’s EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite passenger now integrated on the initial launcher hardware.
During activity in the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility at French Guiana, EUTELSAT 65 West A is installed atop the adapter that is to serve as the interface with its Ariane 5 launch vehicle.
This milestone occurred with the relay satellite’s installation atop a cone-shaped adapter that will serve as its interface when mated to the launch vehicle. The activity took place in the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility, and is to be followed by EUTELSAT 65 West A’s transfer to the Ariane 5 Final Assembly Building for integration with the launcher.
Liftoff of Ariane 5 with the 6,615-kg. EUTELSAT 65 West A telecommunications platform is set for March 9 on Arianespace Flight VA229 – the 229th mission with an Ariane family launch vehicle.
To be deployed into geostationary transfer orbit by Ariane 5, the SSL-built (Space Systems Loral) satellite will subsequently operate from an orbital slot of 65 deg. West to serve expanding markets in Brazil and across Latin America. EUTELSAT 65 West A combines broad coverage in C- and Ku-bands for video distribution, cellular backhaul and direct-to-home broadcasting with a high-throughput payload for broadband access in the Ka-band.
Flight VA229 will carry the 31st satellite launched by Arianespace for the Paris, France-based Eutelsat, which supplies satellite capacity and services for video, data and broadband applications.
The payload fairing is lowered over EUTELSAT 65 West A during integration activity in the Spaceport’s Ariane 5 Final Assembly Building. Flight VA229. EUTELSAT 65 West A. February 26, 2016.
Integration is complete for Arianespace’s Ariane 5 flight with the EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite
Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 for launch in 2016 is “standing tall” in French Guiana after the installation of this mission’s EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite passenger atop the heavy-lift vehicle at the Spaceport.
During activity in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, EUTELSAT 65 West A was mated to Ariane 5 and encapsulated inside the launcher’s ogive-shaped payload fairing, enabling final integration checkout to begin today. It clears the way for a launch readiness review on Friday, March 4, to be followed by the launch vehicle’s rollout on Monday March 7, leading to an early morning liftoff from the ELA-3 launch zone on March 9.
Ariane 5 will deploy the 6,615-kg. EUTELSAT 65 West A into geostationary transfer orbit during a mission lasting 27 minutes. This spacecraft was built by SSL and is to operate from a geostationary orbital slot of 65 deg. West, providing relay capacity for the Paris-based Eutelsat to expanding markets in Brazil and across Latin America.
Arianespace’s upcoming mission is one of 12 liftoffs planned in 2016 by the launch services provider, using its complete launcher family composed of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.
Erfolgreicher Start von Ariane-Flight VA229
ARIANESPACE LAUNCHES EUTELSAT 65 WEST A TO SERVE LATIN AMERICA
Arianespace has successfully launched the EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite for Eutelsat Communications. The company’s second launch of the year took place on March 9 at 2:20 am (local time) from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana. Thierry Mandon, French Minister for Higher Education and Research, was in Kourou for the launch.
This was the 71st successful launch in a row for the Ariane 5 heavy launcher. The com-pany’s second mission of the year keeps Arianespace on schedule to meet its objective of up to 12 launches in 2016, including eight Ariane 5 missions.
ARIANESPACE AND EUTELSAT, LONG-STANDING PARTNERS
Arianespace has worked side-by-side with Eutelsat since 1983, when it launched the Eutelsat-1 F1 satellite. Eutelsat is one of the world’s leading operators of telecommunications satellites. With a fleet of 40 satellites, Eutelsat sells transmission capacity to a large portfolio of customers, including broadcasters, broadcasting associations, TV channels, video, data and Internet service providers, businesses and government entities.
Including EUTELSAT 65 West A, Arianespace has now launched more than half of Eutelsat’s satellites. Three more Eutelsat satellites will be launched by Arianespace, making this operator one of its biggest commercial customers.
A LAUNCH TO SUPPORT TELECOM SERVICES IN THE AMERICAS
EUTELSAT 65 West A is a tri-band satellite that will cover Latin America and Brazil.
The satellite’s Ku-band coverage will spur the growth of direct-to-home (DTH) TV broadcasts for households equipped with dish antennas to receive digital and HD (high-definition) channels. It will also boost the connectivity of businesses located in Central America, the Caribbean, the Andes region and Brazil. Its C-band transatlantic coverage is designed to provide contribution links and video distribution services. The satellite’s Ka-band multibeam payload will help the operator develop Internet access services throughout Latin America, especially in Brazil.
In 2016, one-third of the geostationary satellites launched by Arianespace will be tasked with providing services for the Americas, a region where the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio represent a significant growth factor.
ARIANESPACE’S 2016 OBJECTIVE IS RAISED TO 12 LAUNCHES
In carrying out the year’s second Ariane 5 by early March, Arianespace is well placed to meet its objective of up to eight Ariane 5 launches in 2016. Arianespace has already performed two single launches this year (orbiting Intelsat 29e, and now EUTELSAT 65 West A), and has scheduled five dual launches plus an Ariane 5 ES launch for the Galileo satellite navigation system that will carry four satellites.
Arianespace will round out the year with two missions by the Soyuz medium launcher and two by the Vega light launcher, making a total of 12 launches. The European Commission decided to accelerate the deployment of the Galileo constellation by adding a Soyuz launch this spring, given the confirmed availability of satellites built by OHB.
Shortly after the announcement of the orbital injection of EUTELSAT 65 West A, Arianespace Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Israël said: “Arianespace has just launched its 525th satellite this evening. We are both pleased and proud of having performed this launch for Eutelsat, the European operator who has been our partner since we both started operations in the early 1980s, with French Higher Education and Research Minister Thierry Mandon seeing the launch in person. I would like to thank Eutelsat for its ongoing confidence, and especially Michel de Rosen as he leaves his position in the company’s operational management, which now is entrusted to Rodolphe Belmer.
I am also delighted to see Ariane 5 continue its extraordinary career with its 71st successful launch in a row. I would like to thank the teams in charge of Ariane 5 production under the leadership of industrial prime, Airbus Safran Launchers. I would also like to thank ESA, as Ariane program authority, our partner CNES-CSG and the personnel at the launch base, who provide continued support for our ongoing success, and of course all Arianespace staff, who are fully committed to setting another new operational record in 2016.”