Airbus Defence and Space

Flight Ariane 221 - launch kit

Flight 221 is the 77th Ariane 5 launch and the sixth in 2014. It follows on from a series of 62 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 221 is a commercial mission for Ariane 5. The L575 launcher is the twenty-first 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. L575 is consequently the fifty-first 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 “C” system and a long pattern fairing (total height: 17 m), the launcher is carrying the communications satellites DIRECTV 14 in the upper position and GSAT 16 in the lower position.

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