Launch Readiness Confirmed for Flight VA247's Ariane 5: Approval is Given for the 1st Arianespace Mission of 2019

Arianespace’s year-opening Ariane 5 flight has been authorized for liftoff on February 5 following today’s launch readiness review, which was conducted at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

This milestone confirmed that the heavy-lift launcher and its dual-satellite payload – comprised of Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4 (HS-4/SGS-1) and GSAT-31 – are flight-ready, along with the Spaceport’s infrastructure and the network of downrange tracking stations.

With approval granted, Ariane 5 is cleared for Monday’s rollout from the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building to its ELA-3 launch zone. Liftoff will occur the following day during a 61-minute launch window that opens at 6:01 p.m. local time in French Guiana.

Ariane 5 will deliver a total payload lift performance of 10,018 kg. on the mission to geostationary orbit, which is designated Flight VA247. This total includes the two satellite passengers, plus the workhorse vehicle’s dual-payload deployment system and integration hardware.

Launch window for Flight VA247:

French Guiana

UTC

Athens

Riyadh

Bangalore

From 6:01 PM
to 7:02 PM
on Feb. 5

From 21:01
to 22:02
on Feb. 5

From 11:01 PM
to 12:02 AM
on Feb. 5-6

From 12:01 AM
to 1:02 AM
on Feb. 6

From 2:31 AM
to 3:32 AM
on Feb. 6

Source: Arianespace
Date: Feb 4, 2019