GSAT-15 Begins the Payload Integration Process for Next Ariane 5 Mission
Ariane Flight VA227
Preparations for Arianespace’s sixth heavy-lift mission of 2015 have advanced into the payload integration phase, with the Indian GSAT-15 satellite passenger making its first contact with launcher hardware.
The milestone for Arianespace Flight VA227 occurred this week at the Spaceport in French Guiana with GSAT-15’s installation atop the cone-shaped adapter that will serve as its interface with Ariane 5. This was followed by the transfer of GSAT-15 from the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility to the launcher Final Assembly Building, where it will be readied for installation atop its Ariane 5.
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Built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GSAT-15 will be riding in the lower passenger position, installed inside the SYLDA dispenser system – on which the mission’s other passenger, Arabsat-6B, will be placed.
GSAT-15 is to provide telecommunications services, as well as dedicated navigation-aid and emergency services for India. With a liftoff mass set by ISRO at 3,164.5 kg., the relay platform has a design lifetime of 12 years and will operate from an orbital slot at 93.5° East.
Flight VA227 is set for a November 10 liftoff from the ELA-3 launch zone. This will mark Arianespace’s 10th launch in a busy year at the Spaceport that targets a total of 12 flights with the company’s complete launcher family, which also includes the medium-weight Soyuz and light-lift Vega.
Source : Arianespace - view original press release