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Horizons 3e, Intelsat 38 (Azerspace-2) - Ariane 5 ECA (VA243) - Kourou ELA-3 - 21:20 UTC 05.09.2018
Arianespace aims for busy second half of 2018
July 3, 2018 | Stephen Clark

Europe’s first mission to Mercury, a quartet of Galileo navigation spacecraft, a global winds observatory, and a new European weather satellite have arrived at an equatorial launch base in French Guiana in preparation for launches in the coming months.

The set of European missions are set to ride into space aboard four rockets, amid several more commercial flights carrying communications satellites to orbit, in what is shaping up to be a busy second half of the year for Arianespace, the French company which oversees Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega launch operations at the European-run spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The rapid-fire launch campaigns are already underway at the space center on the northeastern coast of South America, where technicians are preparing rocket and satellite hardware for liftoff.

100th Ariane 5 launch scheduled for September

Another Ariane 5 launch is targeted for Sept. 5 around 2120 GMT (5:20 p.m. EDT; 6:20 p.m. French Guiana time) with the U.S.-built Horizons 3e and Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 commercial communications satellites.

The milestone mission, designated VA243, will be the 100th launch of an Ariane 5 rocket since Europe’s workhorse launch vehicle debuted in 1996.
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DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 3 ч. назад

This week will be interesting at #CSG there will be a "Dance of the launchers" Ariane 5 #VA243 will move from BAF to ZL3 so our Ariane 5 #VA244 can move from BIL to BAF, after which #VA243 can move back into BIL, at the same time the Vega P80 stage for #VV12 will move to ZLV

DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 8 мин. назад

Extremely rare shot of 2 Ariane 5's crossing each other and even more rare as one(VA243) is at the ZL3 pad without the upper composite
#VA243 #VA244 #Galileo #ESA

Stéphane Israël‏ @arianespaceceo 2 ч. назад

The th & th #Ariane5 launchers are on the move at the Spaceport! Lifting off July 25 on Flight #VA244, no. 99 is destined for the Final Assembly Building; while no. 100 (#VA243) is moving back to the Launcher Integration Building.
#flexibility #reactivity

Ariane 5 | July 6, 2018

Dual-transfer: Ariane 5s for Arianespace’s next heavy-lift missions are on the move in French Guiana

The Ariane 5 ES version for Flight VA244 (foreground) is shown on its way for payload installation at the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building. In the background, the Ariane 5 ECA version for Arianespace’s following heavy-lift mission (VA243) is temporarily positioned in the ELA-3 launch zone before being transferred to the Launcher Integration Building.

Arianespace’s flexibility and reactivity in responding to mission changes due to payload availability was underscored with this week’s simultaneous transfer of the 99th and 100th Ariane 5 launchers – which will be utilized on consecutive multi-passenger heavy-lift flights performed fr om French Guiana in 2018.

During activity at the Spaceport, the no. 99 Ariane 5 – an ES version that will orbit four Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites on July 25 – was transferred from the Launcher Integration Building, wh ere its basic build-up was performed, to the Final Assembly Building for payload installation. This upcoming mission is designated Flight VA244 in Arianespace’s numbering system.

The Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building was available due to the parallel rollout of the milestone 100th Ariane 5, which is scheduled for launch in early September carrying the Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 satellite for Azercosmos and Intelsat, along with another payload to be announced. After moving out of the Final Assembly Building, this ECA version of Ariane 5 had a temporary stopover in the ELA-3 launch zone before heading to the Launcher Integration Building for its own pre-flight preparations.

Designated Flight VA243, the Ariane 5 ECA had been set for a late May liftoff, but its timing was shifted because additional technical checks were required for the mission’s originally-scheduled co-passenger.
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