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First Spacebus Neo Satellite Set for Launch

13 Jan 2020, 18:11 UTC
First Spacebus Neo Satellite Set for Launch
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The Konnect satellite is placed within the fairing for launch aboard Ariane 5. (Credit: ESA)

KOUROU, French Guiana (ESA PR) — The first satellite developed under an initiative to help European industry deliver competitive satellites for the commercial telecommunications market has entered its final phase before launch.

Konnect will provide broadband services for Europe and Africa, and was built by Thales Alenia Space for Eutelsat, its commercial operator, under an ESA Partnership Project.

After a long flight on board an Antonov cargo plane from Nice airport in France, the satellite was delivered to the launch site in French Guiana inside its large transport container.

The satellite has completed its short and efficient launch campaign. Teams at the launch site have conducted all tests and inspections, and confirmed that sub-systems are flight ready.

The satellite was placed on the upper position of the secondary payload adapter and then within the fairing. These assembled parts have now been fitted on top of the launcher, during the last major step of the mechanical integration of the Ariane 5 rocket.

The satellite is now ready to be launched on 16 January, for the first Ariane launch of 2020, flight VA251.

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