Two spacecraft have completed their journeys to their Kourou launch site ahead of launching together on a September Ariane 5 mission. The BSAT-4a satellite has joined Intelsat 37e for their final processing flow ahead of meeting up atop the Arianespace rocket for a dual launch in early September.
Ariane 5 Launch Preps:
Arianespace is targeting a total of 12 missions in 2017 utilizing its family of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight lifter Vega.
Ariane 5 continues to be the company’s workhorse, usually launching two spacecraft at a time to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).
Ariane 5’s previous mission involved the lofting of Inmarsat S EAN/HellasSat 3 and GSAT-17, while the company’s most recent mission involved its Vega rocket with the launch of the VENµS and OPTSAT 3000 satellites.
Preparations for the next mission received a highlight in its pre-launch flow with the arrival of the two passengers set to ride uphill on the Ariane 5 rocket, a launch vehicle that is already deep into integration processing.
The most recent arrival was confirmed on Monday when the BSAT-4a satellite, designed and built for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT), arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
The satellite ...