Flight 192 is the 48th Ariane 5 launch and the sixth in 2009. An ARIANE 5 ECA (Cryogenic Evolution type A), the most powerful version in the ARIANE 5 range, will be used for this flight.
Flight 192 is a commercial mission for Ariane 5. Launcher 550, the 44th production phase Ariane 5, is the twenty-second of the 30 PA contract launchers, for which AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE is production prime contractor. 550 is consequently the twenty-third complete launcher to be delivered to Arianespace, integrated and checked out under AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE’s responsibility in the Launcher Integration Building (BIL).
In a dual-payload configuration using the SYLDA 5 A (6.4m high) system and a long pattern fairing (total height: 17m), the launcher is carrying the European Direct To Home TV satellites NSS 12 in the upper position and THOR 6 in the lower position.