Arianespace Launches EDRS-C And Intelsat Satellites
Arianespace recently completed the launch of two satellites on an Ariane 5 rocket. This is said to be the first launch after its earlier Vega rocket failure. The launch of Ariane 5 was carried out from Europe’s Guiana Space Center, South America. With this launch, the EDRS-C laser relay satellite and the Intelsat-39 communications satellite were carried to geosynchronous transfer orbits.
Approximately 29 minutes after the launch, Intelsat-39—with about 6,600 Kilogram weight riding on Ariane 5’s upper berth—was parted. After another 4.5 Minutes, EDRS-C also was separated, which led to the completion of the mission. This launch is said to be Arianespace’s seventh in 2019. Similarly, it is said to be the third launch in which the firm used the heavy-lift Ariane 5. Initially, this launch was planned for July 24, 2019. However, it had to face a delay following the failure of a light-lift Vega rocket on July 10, 2019. Reportedly, the investigation of this failure is still going on. Arianespace did not offer further details on the nature of the delay. As per the statement from the European Space Agency to SpaceNews, following the Vega failure, this delay would allow time for “spaceport reconfiguration.” It would also allow for EDRS-C’s final checks.
On a similar note, Spaceflight, a company engaged in launch services and mission management, has declared that it is buying a foremost commercial flight of ISRO’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV). Spaceflight offers routine, cost-effective access to space. The launch of the latest vehicle—created by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Indian space agency—is planned this year.
Offering affordable solutions is said to be the aim of the latest vehicle. Reportedly, this vehicle is a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)’s derivative. PSLV was intended for national missions and research & development. In the global space market, the SSLV will be marketed by NewSpace India Limited, ISRO’s latest commercial division.