Airbus Defence and Space

Flight Ariane 225 - Launch kit

Flight 225 is the 81st Ariane 5 launch and the fourth in 2015. It follows on from a series of 66 consecutive successful Ariane 5 launches. This is the 51st ARIANE 5 ECA (Cryogenic Evolution type A), the most powerful version in the ARIANE 5 range.

Flight 225 is a commercial mission for Ariane 5. The L579 launcher is the twenty-fifth 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 2019. L578 is consequently the fifty-fourth 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 carrying the telecommunications satellite EUTELSAT 8 West B in the upper position and the meteorological satellite Intelsat 34 in the lower position.

Flight 225 launch kit