Ariane 5 – 1 October 2009

Arianespace launched an Ariane 5 with two satellites aboard today. Liftoff came on schedule at 2:59 PM Phoenix time. It was early night at the launch site in French Guiana, South America.

From the Arianespace website:

The total lift performance for this upcoming launch is 9,087 kg., which includes 7,905 kg. for the Amazonas 2 and COMSATBw-1 satellites, along with the mass of Ariane 5’s SYLDA dual-payload dispenser and the associated integration hardware.

Riding as the upper payload in Ariane 5’s payload “stack,” Amazonas 2 will be released at 27 minutes into the flight. The satellite weighs approximately 5,500-kg. and will provide a wide range of telecommunications services over its coverage area extending from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.

Amazonas 2 will be operated from an orbital slot of 61 deg. West, and is to be used by the Spanish-based HISPASAT telecommunications operator for relay capacity over the Americas with its 54 Ku-band transponders and 10 C-band transponders. Based on EADS Astrium’s Eurostar E3000 spacecraft bus, the satellite has a design lifetime of 15 years, with an end-of-life power of 15.3 kW.

COMSATBw-1 has a liftoff mass of about 2,500 kg., and will be deployed from Ariane 5’s lower passenger position at just over 33 minutes into the flight. To be operated from an orbital position of 63 deg. East, this satellite will be a key element in the German Bundeswehr’s (German Armed Forces) concept for network-centric operations.


7 minutes and counting







Booster Separation

Booster Separation from Ariane

Booster Separation from the Ground

Booster Separation from the Ground

Secon Stage Coast

Second Stage Burn to GEO

Animation – second stage cutoff on the way to GEO

Image Credit: Screen shots from live coverage at VideoCorner

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