by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Jun 11, 2015
The two satellite passengers for Arianespace's third Ariane 5 mission in 2015 are advancing through their pre-flight preparations, with MSG-4 and Star One C4 each completing separate fit-check processes during activity at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
Performed at the Spaceport's S5 facility, the fit-check is a regular preparation step for Ariane 5 missions - during which a payload makes its initial contact with launcher hardware. With this work completed for MSG-4 and Star One C4, both are ready for their fueling and subsequent integration on the launch vehicle.
The satellites will be orbited on an Ariane 5 mission planned for July, which is designated Flight VA224 as the 224th Ariane-series launch to date. It will continue Arianespace's busy schedule in 2015, during which the company is targeting 11 missions in total - based on the availability of payloads - using its full family of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega vehicles.
After launch, MSG-4 is to be stored in orbit, ultimately being named Meteosat-11. When operational, it will bridge the gap between Meteosat-10 - launched in 2012 by Arianespace - and the initial Meteosat Third Generation spacecraft, which are scheduled to be orbited in 2019 and 2021.
The Star One C4 co-passenger was produced by SSL (Space Systems/Loral), and is a part of the third generation of Embratel Star One satellites - which ensure the continuity of telephone, television, radio, data transmission and Internet services in Brazil, in addition to expanding these services to Latin American countries and mainland United States.
Star One C4 ultimately will be co-located with the Star One C2 spacecraft at an orbital slot of 70 deg. West - which is considered a "hot" position for transmitting the signals of major television stations in Brazil
Launch Pad at Space-Travel.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.|