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Monday, August 22, 2016
Arianespace ready to launch two Intelsat satellites
fourth Ariane 5 flight of 2016 has been given the "green light"
for liftoff on Wednesdayfollowing
Monday's successful launch readiness review, which was conducted in
French Guiana, South America. The
approval also clears the Ariane 5 rocket for Tuesday'srollout
from the Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone, where it
is scheduled for liftoff on Wednesday. Designated
Flight VA232, the mission has an estimated payload lift performance
of 10,735 kilograms (23,666 pounds). The rocket will carry Intelsat
33e and Intelsat 36 into space. Intelsat
33e is to be deployed first during the 41-minute flight sequence and
will operate from an orbital position of 60 degrees East. Built by
Boeing using a 702MP spacecraft platform, it is the second satellite
in Intelsat's next-generation high-throughput Intelsat EpicNG series
- joining Intelsat 29e, which was launched by Arianespace aboard
another Ariane 5 in January. Intelsat
36 will be the second passenger released by the Ariane 5. It was
manufactured by Space Systems Loral based on the company's 1300
platform, and will operate from the 68.5 degrees East orbital
position - where Intelsat 36 will be co-located with the Intelsat 20
satellite launched by Arianespace in August 2012.