Arianespace plans to send satellite service vehicle – along with two satellites – into space today (July 31) and you can watch the launch online.
The launch will take place between 18:30 and 19:16 local time in Kourou, French Guiana (17:30 and 18:16 EDT or 2130 to 2216 GMT). You can watch the launch live here and on the Space.com homepage, with the consent of Arianespace. You can also directly tune in to the Arianespace webcast on YouTube. The webcast will begin about 20 minutes before cancellation.
This start will be the fifth year Arianespace in 2020. The mission was postponed from the previous launch date on Tuesday (28 July) due to “additional technical controls required under the Ariane fairing and double launch system”;, Arianespace said in a statement, but the satellites are otherwise ready.
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The satellite service spacecraft, Mission Extension Vehicle 2 (MEV-2) on the Ariane 5 rocket, is the second spacecraft to be built by Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary SpaceLogistics LLC for satellite communications provider Intelsat. First MEV, MEV-1, in February, he carried out the first historical docking with Intelsat satellite and IS-901, which had little fuel. The long-term goal of the MEV series is to supplement and operate aging satellites in orbit in order to expand their missions, which could be a cheaper option than sending a replacement satellite.
With the MEV-1 mission considered a success in April – the Intelsat-901 satellite returned to normal work that month, Intelsat said in a statement – MEV-2 is ready to launch a meeting with another Intelsat satellite called Intelsat 1002.
“Once he’s in the dock, that’s it [MEV-2] will control the orbit of the customer’s satellite using its own propulsion units, “Arianespace.” stated in a statementwith the vehicle being available for further missions following the service of the Intelsat satellite.
Stacked with MEV-2 will be an Intelsat satellite called the Galaxy 30, the first replacement satellite in a major effort to replace Intelsat’s aging North American communications satellites. The new satellites will offer high-definition media services that will allow customers to bypass direct satellite companies and a range of broadband, mobile and network services, Arianespace said in a statement.
By rounding the payload, the Maxar BSAT-4b satellite will be launched on behalf of the Japanese Broadcasting Satellite System Corp. The satellite will be used for live TV in Japan and serves as a backup for a similar BSAT-4a device, which was launched in September 2017.
Today’s launch will be Ariane’s 253rd mission. Arianespace develops the successor rocket, Ariane 6, which will eventually replace the starting services provided by the Ariane 5 heavy lift.
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