Friday, February 1, 2019

Approval given for the first Arianespace mission of 2019

An Ariane 5 rocket has been authorized for liftoff on Tuesday following Friday’s launch readiness review, which was conducted at a spaceport in French Guiana, South America.

The heavy-lift Ariane 5 launcher and its dual-satellite payload – comprised of Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4 (HS-4/SGS-1) and GSAT-31 – are flight-ready, Arianespace said in a mission update released Friday. Arianespace is a satellite launch service based in Europe.

With approval granted, the Ariane 5 is cleared for Monday’s rollout from the spaceport’s Final Assembly Building to its ELA-3 launch zone. Liftoff is scheduled for Tuesday at 4:01 p.m. EST.

The Ariane 5 will deliver a total payload lift performance of 10,018 kilograms into space during the mission designated Flight VA247. This total includes the two satellite passengers, plus the workhorse vehicle’s dual-payload deployment system and integration hardware.

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