Arianespace Preps Second Soyuz For Launch From Guiana | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 12.19.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 12.19.14 **
** Airborne 12.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 12.17.14 **
** Airborne 12.15.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 12.15.14 **

Thu, Dec 15, 2011

Arianespace Preps Second Soyuz For Launch From Guiana

Vehicle Rolled Out Of Assembly Building For December 16 Launch

In what is becoming an increasingly familiar sight at the Spaceport, another Soyuz is now erected on the launch pad and ready to receive its multi-passenger payload for Arianespace’s Friday night mission from French Guiana.

Arianespace Soyuz Launch Facility

This vehicle – which is currently composed of the integrated first, second and third stages – rolled out of its MIK assembly facility today using the same horizontal transfer process employed for 1,780 other Soyuz flights performed with the workhorse medium-lift launcher. The Soyuz was then raised to its vertical position over the massive concrete launch pad, and suspended in place by a system of four support arms.

All is ready for the final launch campaign steps that are specific to the Russian-built vehicle’s operations in French Guiana: the integration of its “upper composite” containing the mission’s six satellite passengers, the Fregat upper stage and the ST-type payload fairing; which will be performed inside a purpose-built mobile service gantry.

This second Soyuz flight from the Spaceport will orbit the French Pléiades 1 and Chilean SSOT Earth observation satellites, both developed for civilian and defense image-gathering, along with four French Elisa micro-satellite demonstrators for defense-related electronic intelligence gathering. These payloads were integrated last week in the Spaceport’s S3B clean room, with the combined six-spacecraft cluster installed atop Soyuz’ Fregat upper stage using a dispenser system developed for Arianespace, followed by their encapsulation in the ST-type payload fairing.

The December 16 launch is scheduled for a liftoff at 2303 local time, and will deliver the payloads into circular orbits inclined 98 deg. Payload lift performance for the Soyuz is calculated at 4,800 pounds, which includes approximately 3,100 pounds for the Pleiades 1, ELISA and SSOT satellites, along with the mass of the payload dispenser and integration hardware.

FMI: www.arianespace.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 12.19.14: Falcon 8X Unveiled, Sportys 172LITE, Bizarre CA AvGas Lawsuit

Also: ANN/Airborne's Crystal Ball, Lear70/75 Mexico Cert, Carnegie Mellon's Lunar Rover, Dragon Delays Dassault Aviation rolled back the curtains earlier this week on the ultra-lon>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.21.14)

"We have received extremely positive feedback from our Amadeus A-CDM Portal stakeholders. It is easy to use and enables them to make better decisions that contribute to smoother an>[...]

London Gatwick Airport Increases Runway Capacity To 55 Flights Per Hour

Estimates An Additional 2 Million Passengers On A Single Runway Assisted By Amadeus A-CDM Portal London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is the first to implement a cloud-based Airport-Collab>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.21.14)

Aero Linx: Christian Pilots Association (CPA) Established in 1972, Christian Pilots Association, (CPA), is a mobilizing service agency dedicated to assisting God's people in fulfil>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.21.14): Axis

Axis A straight line, through the center of gravity, around which an aircraft rotates. For example, an aircraft rolls around its longitudinal axis which is a straight line that run>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC