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Spaceway F2 Launch delay Update

06-08-2005, 07:46 PM

i-Newswire, - In order to adequately diagnose and fix the TELKOM-2 satellite, Orbital Sciences Corporation, the manufacturer of the spacecraft, is immediately returning the spacecraft to its facility in Dulles, VA, USA.

DirecTV’s Spaceway 2 satellite, manufactured by Boeing, has successfully completed all pre-flight testing and is now ready for fueling. Spaceway 2 will be placed on standby.
Arianespace is studying all available options to execute the launch as early as possible.

About Arianespace

Arianespace is the commercial launch services leader, holding more than 50 percent of the international market for satellites launched to geostationary transfer orbit ( GTO ). Created in 1980 as the world’s first commercial space transportation company, Arianespace has signed contracts for the launch of more than 260 satellite payloads. For further information, see the Arianespace Web site at www.arianespace.com (http://www.arianespace.com/).

06-09-2005, 07:31 AM
More on this from Skyreport:

<beginning of article details the plight of Telekom-2>...
That has placed the DirecTV launch on hold. The next launch is now set for the night of Thursday, July 7, using an Ariane 5 vehicle to orbit the IPStar satellite for Thailand's Shinsat telecommunications operator.

DirecTV's SpaceWay 2 satellite, manufactured by Boeing, has successfully completed all pre-flight testing and is now ready for fueling, Arianespace said. Spaceway 2 will be placed on stand-by for a future launch.

DirecTV said earlier in the week it hopes to fly the SpaceWay 2 satellite sometime in July.

07-07-2005, 08:19 AM
So is Spaceway 2 going up tonight?


07-07-2005, 12:52 PM
So is Spaceway 2 going up tonight?

NO, tonight was originally the new launch date for the Ipstar sat, however it too was delayed til July 11th and new info from Arianespace website has just delayed it again with the TBA (to be announced) status. Spaceway 2 has a launch date currently for July 28th but I seriously believe that will be pushed back further now with the delay of Ipstar's launch!

10-23-2005, 09:53 PM
http://www.arianespace.com/site/images/missionupdate_page_header.jpgOctober 20, 2005

A heavy-lift Ariane 5 rolls out to the
Spaceport's Final Assembly Building

http://www.arianespace.com/site/images/transfer_BIL_BAF_img_oct20_sm.jpg (http://www.arianespace.com/site/images/transfer_BIL_BAF_img_oct20_lg.jpg)

The Ariane 5 ECA approaches
the Final Assembly Building
at the completion of today's
transfer activity.

The Ariane 5 ECA for Arianespace's next mission was transferred to the Final Assembly Building at Europe's Spaceport today, marking another milestone in preparations for its November 9 liftoff.

Emerging from the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building under partly cloudy skies, the heavy-lift vehicle moved along a twin-rail system to the facility - where its dual satellite payload will be installed.

The upcoming mission will carry the Spaceway 2 satellite for DirecTV of the U.S., along with the Telkom 2 communications platform for PT Telkom Indonesia.

This flight is another example of Arianespace's capability to accommodate dual payloads on a single mission. The Ariane 5 ECA's transfer today comes only one week after October 13's highly successful flight of an Ariane 5 G launcher - which orbited the French Syracuse 3A and the U.S. Galaxy 15 satellites.

The Spaceway 2 satellite to be carried by the Ariane 5 ECA was built by Boeing Satellite Systems, and utilizes a three-axis stabilized Boeing 702 satellite bus with a contractual operational lifetime of 12.6 years. Orbital Sciences Corporation manufactured the mission’s Telkom 2 payload, which is based on the STAR 2 platform with a 15-year operational life.
www.arianespace.com (http://www.arianespace.com/)