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Flight Ariane 224 - Launch kit

Flight 224 is the 80th Ariane 5 launch and the third in 2015. It follows on from a series of 65 consecutive successful Ariane 5 launches. This is the 50th ARIANE 5 ECA (Cryogenic Evolution type A), the most powerful version in the ARIANE 5 range.

Flight 224 is a commercial mission for Ariane 5. The L578 launcher is the twenty-fourth 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. L578 is consequently the fifty-fourth 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 satellite Star One C4 in the upper position and the meteorological satellite MSG-4 in the lower position.

Launch Kit V224

Ariane 5 ECALanzamientoKourouStar One C4MSG-4Airbus Defence and Space