Arianespace plans to send satellite car service – together with two satellites – into space today (July 31), and you can watch the launch on the Internet.
The launch will take place between 18:30 and 19:16 local time in Kourou, French Guiana (17:30 and 18:16 EDT, or 2130 and 2216 GMT). You can watch the launch live here and on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of Arianespace. You can also tune in to the Arianespace webcast on YouTube. The webcast will begin approximately 20 minutes before you begin.
This launch will be the fifth for Arianespace in 2020. The mission was postponed from the previous launch date on Tuesday (July 28) due to “additional technical checks required within the Ariane bypass and dual launch system”;. This is stated in the message Arianespace, but the satellites are otherwise ready to go.
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A satellite-based spacecraft called Mission Extension Vehicle 2 (MEV-2) on the Ariane 5 rocket is the second built by Northrop Grumman SpaceLogistics LLC, a subsidiary of satellite communications provider Intelsat. The first MEV, MEV-1, The first historic connection was made in February with Intelsat satellite and IS-901, where there is little fuel. The long-term goal of the MEV series is to refuel and service aging satellites in orbit to expand their missions, which may be a cheaper option than sending a replacement satellite.
With the MEV-1 mission considered a success in April – the same Intelsat-901 satellite returned to normal operation that month, This is stated in the message Intelsat – MEV-2 is designed to launch a meeting with another Intelsat satellite, called Intelsat 1002.
“Once the dock, it is [MEV-2] will control the satellite customer ‘s orbit with its own propulsion, “Arianespace it is said in the message, adding that the car will be available for other missions after service of the Intelsat satellite.
The MEV-2 will have an Intelsat satellite called the Galaxy 30, the first satellite replacement to try to replace outdated Intelsat communications satellites in North America. The new satellites offer a ultra-high-definition media service that allows customers to bypass companies for direct satellite streaming and a wide range of broadband, mobile and network services, according to the same Arianespace statement.
Completing the payload will be the Maxar BSAT-4b satellite, launched on behalf of the Japanese broadcasting satellite system Corp. The satellite will be used for direct home television service in Japan and will serve as a backup device for a similar BSAT-4a, which was launched in September 2017.
Today’s launch will be Ariane’s 253rd mission overall. Arianespace is developing a successor rocket, Ariana 6that will eventually replace the launch services provided by the Ariane 5 heavyweight elevator.
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