At the Paris Air Show, it was revealed that the European launch provider, Arianespace, is requesting from the European Space Agency (ESA) financing for a new volumetric fairing extension for its Ariane 5 rocket so that new bulkier, if not heavier, design satellites can be carried. The cost of this extension is reported to be circa €30 million. If approved, and ESA Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordaine expects it to be as he described the funding needed as a “fairly small amount of money”, then this modification will be flying in 2015.
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Space Year Review 2012: Launch vehicles – Falcon 9, Delta IV and Soyuz show robustness in mishaps but not so for Safir or Proton
According to the Flightglobal SpaceTrak database, at 78 orbital launch attempts in 2012, there were six less launches than in the previous year. With 139 spacecraft on these flights (Shenzhou 9′s orbital module is counted as an autonomous spacecraft) there were two more launched in the year compared to 2011.This increase is mainly as a result of an increase in the number of small satellites of under 100kg (38 in 2012 compared to 23 in 2011) which were often launched as multiple payloads.
Despite having just had its Echostar XVI (Echostar 16) communications satellite successfully launched by an ILS Proton M/Breeze M, on 20 November, nevertheless, EchoStar Corp has apparently lost faith with its “usual” launch provider and has now jumped ship to Arianespace. On 26 Novermber, the major US commercial satellite operator, Echostar, announced that it had signed a deal for Arianespace to provide mulitple launches for Echostar satellites. This multi-launch, multi-year deal shows that Arianespace can still compete for business despite its own cost issues. The agreement was signed after an initial one-off contract allowed a Ariane 5 ECA to successfully launched the Echostar 17 satellite in July (along with Europe’s weather satellite MSG 3).
An Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle successfully launched the Japansese commercial communications satellite JCSAT-13 along with the Vietnamese communications satellite Vinasat 2 at 2213 GMT from the Kourou launch site in French Guiana.
Coverage of a new European rocket commonly referred to as Ariane 6 is slowly building momentum and much of this slow burn excitement is due to the belief that the new launcher will replace the Ariane 5. But it is likely it won’t
NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle could be launched by the latest version of Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket by 2019 according to a French government funded study.
The Ariane 5 Mid-Life Evolution (ME) variant, expected to come into operation by 2017, is capable of launching Orion for its missions to the International Space Station and the Moon
From 8-10 December Hyperbola travelled to French Guiana for the Arianespace Ariane 5 GS launch of the French military’s Helios 2B reconnaissance satellite. Watch this 9min video to get a feel for what these press trips are like and see a bit of French Guiana
The launch of France’s Helios 2B reconnaissance satellite has been cancelled for today and is to be rescheduled in a few days time
Expect blogs with photos and video next week while Hyperbola is in French Guiana for the Arianespace Ariane 5 GS launch of the EADS Astrium built Helios 2B reconnaissance satellite. Hopefully those photos and videos will include the new Samara Space Center Soyuz 2-1a launch pad and its mobile gantry
The European Space Agency’s Herschel and Planck space telescopes are now to be launched by Arianespace Ariane 5 on Wednesday 6 May
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