Arianespace’s fifth Ariane 5 flight of 2012 is now scheduled for liftoff on September 28 following verifications carried out on the workhorse heavy-lift vehicle’s launch system at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
This flight will mark the 65th launch of an Ariane 5, and it is to deliver a total payload mass of more than 10,200 kg. – which includes some 9,400 kg. for its two satellite passengers, ASTRA 2F and GSAT-10 – into geostationary transfer orbit.
ASTRA 2F is a powerful six metric ton-class relay platform that utilizes Astrium’s Eurostar E3000 satellite bus and carries Ku- and Ka-band payloads for the delivery of high-performance Direct-to-Home (DTH) and next-generation broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
It is to be operated by Luxembourg-based SES at a planned orbital location of 28.2 degrees East – from which the ASTRA 2F spacecraft will deliver programming to almost 13 million satellite homes and more than three million cable homes, as well as 700,000 Internet Protocol television (IPTV) homes in the U.K. and Ireland.
GSAT-10 – which was developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) – will provide Ku- and C-band relay capacity from an orbital position at 83 degrees East when it joins the Indian National Satellite (INSAT) system of geostationary spacecraft.
This platform is based on ISRO's I-3K satellite bus with a power capability of some six kilowatts, and carries 30 transponders and the GAGAN (GPS and GEO augmented navigation) system.
Date: Sep 23, 2012