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July 2 – 8, 2012 / Vol 31, No 27 / Hawai`i Island, USA

29 Jun 2012, 20:32 UTC
July 2 – 8, 2012 / Vol 31, No 27 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Ariane 5 Set to Launch EchoStar 17 and MSG 3 Satellites
Arianespace is preparing an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA207, set to launch the EchoStar 17 and MSG 3 satellites on July 5 at ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana. Ariane 5 is to deliver a payload lift performance of more than 9,600 kg during the upcoming mission, which includes a combined total of over 7,500 kg for the EchoStar XVII and MSG-3 spacecraft. EchoStar 17, formerly known as Jupiter 1, will provide high-throughput broadband services across North America for Hughes Network Systems. MSG 3 is a geostationary weather satellite for Eumetsat, the European satellite meteorology agency. The Ariane 5 is an expendable launch system used to deliver payloads into geostationary transfer orbit or low Earth orbit. Considering current orders, it should be the workhorse of Arianespace through 2015. Development of the Ariane 5 booster motors is continuing in the Vega rocket program. Vega admits the launcher is not expected to fly in the near future as it requires further development, but confirmed it will be on the agenda at the next meeting of ministers later this year. The Ariane 5 Mid-life Evolution, successor to the Ariane 5 ECA, is also ...

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