Go-ahead for Astra 2F September 28 launch
September 26, 2012 22.30 Europe/London
WATCH LAUNCH LIVE. Arianespace’s fifth Ariane 5 flight of 2012 has been approved for its September 28 liftoff following today’s successful launch readiness review,which was performed at the Spaceport in French Guiana.
The review is held prior to each Ariane 5 mission, ensuring that the heavy-lift launch vehicle and its payload are flight-ready, along with the Spaceport’s infrastructure and the network of downrange tracking stations.
With today’s “green light,” Ariane 5 is now cleared for its September 27 rollout from the Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone, where it will be readied for liftoff on Friday, September 28 at 18:18 local time in French Guiana (21.18 GMT).
The payload lift performance for Arianespace’s latest Ariane 5 mission is more than 10,200 kg., which includes some 9,400 kg. for its two satellite passengers – Astra 2F and GSAT-10 – along with the launcher’s dual-payload dispenser system and satellite integration hardware.
You can watch the launch live on the special Ariane TV website. Until the actual launch, a short video is shown.