Arianspace plans to send one Satellite servicing vehicle – with two satellites – in space today (31 July) and you can see the launch online.
The launch will take place between 6:30 pm and 7:16 pm local time in Kourou, French Guiana (5:30 pm and 6:16 pm EDT, or 2130 and 2216 GMT). You can watch the launch live here and on the homepage of Space.com, courtesy of Arianspace. You can also create a hard tune for Arianespace’s webcast on YouTube. The webcast will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff.
This launch will be the fifth time Arianespace In 2020. The mission was delayed from its last Tuesday (July 28) launch date due to “additional technical checks required under the Fairing and Ariane dual-launch system”. Arianspace said in a statement, But satellites are ready to go otherwise.
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The satellite servicing spacecraft, called Mission Extension Vehicle 2 (MEV-2) on the Ariane 5 rocket, is the second built by Northrop Grumman subsidiary Spacelogistics LLC for satellite communications provider Intelsat. The first MEV, MEV-1, Performed a debut, historic docking in February With Intelsat satellite and IS-901, which was low on fuel. The long-term objective of the MEV series is to serve its refueling and aging satellites in orbit to expand its missions, which may be a cheaper option than sending a replacement satellite.
With MEV-1 mission Deemed a success In April – the Intelsat-901 satellite returned to its normal work that month, Intlas said in a statement – The MEV-2 is set for a sociable launch with another Intelsat satellite, called the Intelsat 1002.
“Once docked, it [MEV-2] Using its own thruster, the customer will control the satellite’s orbit, “Arianspace Said in a statement, Adding that the vehicle will be available for other missions after the Intelsat satellite is served.
Stacked with the MEV-2 will be an Intelsat satellite called the Galaxy 30, which is Intelset’s first replacement satellite in a major effort to replace North American Galaxy communications satellites. The new satellites will offer ultra-high definition media service, allowing customers to bypass companies directly for satellite streaming and broadband, mobile and network services, Arianspace said in the same statement.
Excluding the payload will be the Maxar BSAT-4B satellite launched by Broadcasting Satellite Systems Corp. of Japan. The satellite will be used for direct-to-home television service in Japan and will serve as a backup for the same BSAT-4A. Launched in September 2017.
Today’s launch will be the 253rd Arian Mission in total. Arianspace is developing a successor rocket, Arian 6, Which will eventually replace the launch services provided by the heavy-lift Ariane 5.
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