Arianespace plans to send Satellite service vehicle – plus two satellites – in space today (July 31) and you can watch 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 Space.com home page, courtesy of Arianespace. You can also tune in directly to the Arianespace webcast on YouTube. The webcast will start about 20 minutes before removal.
This launch will be the fifth for Arianespace in 2020. The mission was delayed from the launch date of the previous Tuesday (July 28) due to “additional technical controls required under the coating and the Ariane dual-launch system,”; Arianespace said in a statement, but the satellites are ready to go.
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The satellite spacecraft, called Mission Extension Vehicle 2 (MEV-2) on the Ariane 5 rocket is the second one built by Northrop Grumman subsidiary SpaceLogistics LLC for the satellite communications provider Intelsat. The first MEV, MEV-1, performed the first, historic dfir in February Intelsat satellite and IS-901, which was low on fuel. The long-term goal of the MEV series is to supply and service an aging satellite in orbit to extend their missions, which may 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 operation that month, Intelsat said in a statement – MEV-2 is set up for the ongoing launch of another Intelsat satellite, called Intelsat 1002.
“Once stuck, this [MEV-2] will control the customer’s satellite orbit using its own propellers, “Arianespace said in a statement, adding that the vehicle will be available for other missions after the Intelsat satellite.
Stacked with the MEV-2 will be an Intelsat satellite called Galaxy 30, the first replacement satellite in a greater effort to replace the aging North American Galaxy Scenes communication satellites. The new satellites will offer an ultra-high-definition media service that allows customers to bypass companies for direct streaming of satellites and a range of broadband, mobile services and networks, Arianespace said in the same statement.
The leading load satellite will be the Maxar BSAT-4b launched on behalf of Japan Broadcasting Satellite System Corp. The satellite will be used for direct television service to a home in Japan and serve as a backup for -BSAT-4a similar, launched in September 2017.
Today’s launch will be the 253rd Ariane mission in general. Arianespace is developing a successor rocket, 6 Ariane, which will eventually replace the launch services provided by the Ariane 5 heavy-lift.
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