Mission Updates: Ariane 5 – JCSAT-13 & VINASAT-2

An Ariane 5 rocket launched on May 15th 2012 at 22:12 UTC with the JCSAT-13 & VINASAT-2 spacecraft from French Guiana.

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May 15th, 22:17 UTC
Successful Launch

May 15th 2012 – 22:49 UTC

And separation of VINASAT-2, Another successful mission complete for the Ariane 5.

May 15th 2012 – 22:48 UTC

The dual payload fairing has separated ahead of VINASAT-2s deployment.

May 15th 2012 – 22:40 UTC

JCSAT-13 has been separated!

May 15th 2012 – 22:38 UTC

The upper stage has cut off on time. The vehicle is now high enough and fast enough to cruise without power.

May 15th 2012 – 22:28 UTC

After a flawless flight of the first stage the upper stage is now burning.

May 15th 2012 – 22:12 UTC

Lift off of the 62nd Ariane 5 rocket!

May 15th 2012 – 22:09 UTC

The countdown has just passed T-3 Minutes.

May 15th 2012 – 22:05 UTC

The launch control room, or ‘Jupiter’ shows a green board for tonight’s launch with no issues that will prevent lift off of the 62nd Ariane 5 launch.

May 15th 2012 – 19:10 UTC

The countdown for tonight’s launch has just passed T-3 Hours

May 15th 2012 – 05:30 UTC

The Ariane 5 launcher with JCSAT-13 and VINASAT-2 on-board was rolled from the Final Assembly Building to the Launch Pad yesterday ahead of launch set for today, May 15th 2012 with a launch window opening at 22:17 UTC.

This will be the 206th Ariane launch, the 62nd Ariane 5 launch and the 2nd Ariane 5 launch of 2012.

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May 13th 2012 – 10:30 UTC

After yesterdays launch readiness review the launch of JCSAT-13 and VINASAT-2 was given the green light.

Launch is set for May 15th 2012 with a launch window opening at 22:13 UTC and closing at 00:13 UTC on May 16th.

At lift off the solid rocket boosters will burn for just over 2 minutes before detaching and falling back to Earth, leaving the cryogenic main stage burning. At just over 3 minutes into flight the payload fairing will jettison. At nearly 9 minutes the cryogenic main stage will shut down and separate from the upper stage.

A few seconds after main stage separation the upper stage will ignite. At 26 minutes into the flight JCSAT-13 will separate, Followed by VINASAT-2 10 minutes later.

JCSAT-13 at 4350kg has a design life of over 15 years and is for Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT, it is fitted with 44 Ku-Band transponders and will provide TV broadcast capability to all over Japan.

VINASAT-2 is around 2970kg has a design life of over 15 years and is for Vietname providing radio, television and telephone capabilities through it’s 24 Ku-Band transponders.

Both satellites were constructed by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems and these satellites are the 100th and 101th commercial geostationary communications satellites built by Lockheed Martin since 1975.

April 25th 2012 – 17:30 UTC

The dual payload for this flight, JCSAT-13 and VINASAT-2 were transported to the S5 facility ahead of fueling of both craft this week.

Photo Credit: Arianespace

April 11th 2012 – 09:30 UTC

The Ariane 5 launcher was moved to the Final Assembly Building on April 11th as the two spacecraft undergo final preparations.

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