Airbus Defence and Space

Flight Ariane 226 - Launch kit

Flight 226 is the 82nd Ariane 5 launch and the fifth in 2015. It follows on from a series of 67 consecutive successful Ariane 5 launches. This is an ARIANE 5 ECA (Cryogenic Evolution type A) launcher, the most powerful version in the ARIANE 5 range.

Flight 226 is a commercial mission for Ariane 5. The L580 launcher is the twenty-sixth 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. L580 is consequently the fifty-fifth 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 telecommunications satellites Sky Muster in the upper position and ARSAT-2 in the lower position.

Launch Kit V226