Extract of current activities at CSG and preparing the next generation

  • VA243 a commercial Ariane launch with two telecom satellites
  • VA 244 with an Ariane 5 ES, carrying the next 4 Galileo satellites 23 (Tara) 24 (Samuel) 25 (Anna) and 26 (Ellen) is scheduled for launch July 25 . This is an ESA – EU. Two satellites arrived already May 4 and the remaining two arrived last Friday.
  • VA245, also an Ariane, which will carry the scientific satellite Bepi-Colombo into orbit in October this year. This joint ESA JAXA satellite arrived with several big planes , Antonovs, plus a ship to carry the remaining items.

Two more ESA campaigns will soon start and the CSG teams are busy preparing for them:

  • Vega number 12, VV12, with Aeolus, an ESA Earth Observation satellite, satellite arrives early July, and
  • Soyuz number 19, VS19, with Metop-C satellite arrives late June

Ariane 6 launch base infrastructure work is advancing rapidly. You can see the base literally growing out of the ground as the days go by

Images from March 2018

Images from April 2018

and this very good video from the beginning of May will give you a good idea of this vast infrastructure work

P120C, the core element of both the next Ariane 6 solid booster and the Vega C launcher, is being readied for it’s first test firing on June 29. The test will take place at the special booster test facility first developed for Ariane 5, and then regularly adapted to the needs of Ariane 5 evolutions. The communications teams are working on how to present this to the wider public so there will be more news on this event from them as we get closer

In a nutshell ….there is never a dull moment out here


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