Arianespace is set to conduct the fifth Ariane 5 launch of the year with the lofting of the Intelsat 37e & BSAT-4a satellites from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on Wednesday. Lift off is set to occur in a window that opens at 21:51 UTC and lasts for 33 minutes.
Ariane 5 launch:
The Ariane 5 ECA (Cryogenic Evolution type A) – the most powerful version in the Ariane 5 range of rockets – will be employed once again for this flight, a vehicle that is an improved version of the generic Ariane 5 launcher.
Those improvements relate mainly to the structure of the Ariane 5, allowing for an increased thrust and ability to carry heavier payloads into orbit.
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Designed to place payloads weighing up to 9.6 tonnes into GTO, this increased capacity allows the Ariane 5 ECA to handle dual launches of very large satellites.
This mission is designated Flight VA239 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system. The fifth mission of the year will also be the eighth launch of the year for Arianespace. This is because Arianespace now enjoys a full family of launch vehicles.
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