The Ariane 5 Takes Shape for Arianespace's September Mission With Nbn Co 1a and Arsat-2
The build-up of another Ariane 5 began this week in French Guiana, initiating preparations for Arianespace’s fifth heavy-lift flight of 2015 from the Spaceport.
Using the well-established procedures employed since Ariane 5’s introduction in the mid-1990s, the vehicle’s core cryogenic stage was positioned over a mobile launch table inside the Launcher Integration Building. It was followed by rollout of the two solid propellant boosters for mating with the erected core cryogenic stage.
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This activity is managed by prime contractor Airbus Safran Launchers, which oversees the build-up process prior to delivering Ariane 5s to Arianespace for payload installation in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building.
The Ariane 5 will be used in a September mission, carrying a dual-satellite payload of NBN Co 1A for Australia’s National Broadband Network and ARSAT-2 for Argentinean operator ARSAT. Designated Flight VA226 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, it will be the 226th Ariane mission since this series of vehicles entered operation in 1979.
Source : Arianespace - view original press release