Airbus Defence and Space

Flight V209 Ariane 5, ASTRA 2F – GSAT-10

Flight 209 is the 65th Ariane 5 launch and the fifth in 2012. It follows on from a series of 50 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 209 is a commercial mission for Ariane 5. The L565 launcher is the ninth 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. L565 is consequently the thirtyninth 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 ASTRA 2F in the upper position and GSAT-10 in the lower position.

Flight 209 Ariane 5 Satellites: ASTRA 2F – GSAT-10

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