Basic build-up of the milestone 200th Ariane for launch is now complete at the Spaceport, marking a new milestone in preparations for an Ariane 5 mission that will loft a European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) next February to service the International Space Station.
During activity in the Spaceportâ€™s Launcher Integration Building, the Ariane 5 ES version of Arianespaceâ€™s heavy-lift workhorse was fitted with its equipment bay, followed by installation of the EPS upper stage.
With these steps completed, the Ariane 5 is ready for transfer to the Final Assembly Building, where the ATV â€“ named after German astronomer/mathematician Johannes Kepler â€“ will be installed.Â The Final Assembly Building currently is occupied by an Ariane 5 ECA launcher version, which is waiting to receive its payload of the HISPASAT 1E and KOREASAT 6 telecommunications satellites for a liftoff scheduled on December 28 from French Guiana.
Produced by Rocket Center Progress of Samara (TsSKB-Progress), Soyuz rocket marked its 1765th successful mission on Dec. 15,Â TsSKB-Progress DG Alexander Kirilin said at Baikonur. To remind, Soyuz-FG modification injected into orbit Soyuz TMA-20 vehicle with three crew on Dec. 15, at 22.09 MSK.
Kirilin noted that 5 Soyuz modifications are in operation by the Russian Space Industry.
Soyuz-FG is featured by reliability ratio of 0,952.
Another ‘brother’-rocket in the Soyuz family, Soyuz-ST, is slated for its maiden launch from European space port in French Guiana next year.