Ariane 5 is set to return to action on Tuesday with another dual passenger launch this time with GSAT-11 and GEO-KOMPSAT-2A. Liftoff from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana is scheduled at the start of a 76 minute launch window that opens at 5:37 pm local time (20:37 UTC). Flight VA246 will be performed from Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3).
Flight VA246 will mark Arianespace’s 10th mission performed in 2018, and the company’s sixth this year using a heavy-lift Ariane 5 – which is one of three launch vehicles operated by Arianespace at the Spaceport, along with the medium-lift Soyuz and light-lift Vega.
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Ariane 5 will deliver a lift performance of more than 10,200 kg. on the mission to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), which is designated Flight VA246.
This total includes the GSAT-11 and GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellite passengers, and also factors in the workhorse vehicle’s dual-payload deployment system and integration hardware.
The GSAT-11 satellite – produced by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) – will ride in the upper position of Ariane 5’s payload arrangement, to be deployed first during the 33-min. flight sequence. To be positioned ...