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Flight Ariane 227 - Launch kit

Flight 227 is the 83rd Ariane 5 launch and the sixth in 2015. It follows on from a series of 68 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 227 is a commercial mission for Ariane 5. The L581 launcher is the twenty-seventh 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. L581 is consequently the fifty-seventh 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 satellites ARABSAT-6B in the upper position and GSAT-15 in the lower position.

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