Assembly Begins for the 3rd Ariane 5 to Be Launched in 2012

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s third heavy-lift mission of 2012 is now taking shape at the Spaceport, using procedures that have become routine with this workhorse vehicle’s operations from French Guiana.

During activity inside the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, the core cryogenic stage was removed from its protective shipping container and raised into position over one of two operational mobile launch tables available for Ariane 5. 

The pair of solid propellant boosters was then anchored to the launch table on each side of the core stage this weekend, readying them for mating to complete the vehicle’s initial assembly step. 

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This Ariane 5 will be used on a flight scheduled for June 19 with Europe’s Meteosat Second Generation-3 (MSG-3) weather satellite for the European Space Agency and EUMETSAT (the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites); along with  the EchoStar XVII high-throughput telecommunications platform for Hughes Network Systems.

Source: Arianespace
Date: Apr 24, 2012