Airbus Defence and Space

Flight 204 Ariane 5: ARABSAT 5C & SES-2

Flight 204 is the 60th Ariane 5 launch and the fifth in 2011.

Flight 204 Ariane 5 Satellites: ARABSAT 5C – SES-2An Ariane 5 ECA (Cryogenic Evolution type A), the most powerful version in the Ariane 5 range, will be used for this flight. Flight 204 is a commercial mission for Ariane 5. The L561 launcher is the fourth in the A5ECA family to be delivered by AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE ST 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. L561 is consequently the thirtyfourth 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 satellites ARABSAT 5C in the upper position and SES-2 in the lower position.


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