Airbus Defence and Space

Flight Ariane 223 - launch kit

Flight 223 is the 79th Ariane 5 launch and the second in 2015. It follows on from a series of 64 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 223 is a commercial mission for Ariane 5. The L577 launcher is the twenty-third 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
2017. L576 is consequently the fifty-third 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 “B” system and a long pattern fairing (total height: 17 m), the launcher is carrying the high-definition direct TV broadcasting satellites DIRECTV-15 in the upper position and SKY Mexico-1 in the lower position.

YahSatDIRECTV 15