Airbus Defence and Space

Flight Ariane 218 - launch kit

Flight 218 is the 75th Ariane 5 launch and the fourth in 2014. It follows on from a series of 60 consecutive successful Ariane 5 launches. An ARIANE 5 ECA (Cryogenic Evolution type A), the most powerful version in the ARIANE 5 range, will be used for this flight.

Flight 218 is a commercial mission for Ariane 5. The L573 launcher is the eighteenth to be delivered by Airbus Defence and Space to Arianespace as part of the PB production batch. The PB production contract was signed in March 2009 to guarantee continuity of the launch service after completion of the PA batch comprising 30 launchers. The PB production batch comprises 35 A5ECA launchers and covers the period from 2010 to 2016. On 14th December 2013, it was extended by an order for a further 18 ECA launchers, scheduled for launch as of 2017. L573 is consequently the forty-eighth complete launcher to be delivered to Arianespace, integrated and checked out under Airbus Defence and Space responsibility in the Launcher Integration Building (BIL).

In a dual-payload configuration using the SYLDA 5 “A” system and a long pattern fairing (total height: 17 m), the launcher is the communications satellite MEASAT-3b in the upper position and the communications satellite Optus 10 in the lower position.

Flight Ariane 218 - launch kit