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Ariane 5 (Astra 1N Mission) delayed

Last nigth the Astra 1N mission failed so we closed early the NewConceptsCafe. One Valve of the Ariane 5 was the problem. We will have to wait about 20 days to see the launch.
Here is the press release of ArianeSpace and at the end of it you can find a very interesting link about the mission:

Mission Update

Ariane 5’s launch is postponed approximately 20 days for a component change-out

July 2, 2011 – Ariane Flight VA203

Arianespace’s Ariane 5 mission with the ASTRA 1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R satellite will be delayed to allow a valve replacement for the launcher’s cryogenic core stage, which follows an anomaly that interrupted the final countdown yesterday in French Guiana.

To replace this valve – which did not function properly – Ariane 5 will be transferred from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone back to the Final Assembly Building.

Arianespace estimates that the valve’s replacement, along with the associated operations, will require approximately 20 days, with a new launch date to be announced shortly.

During the current operations, the Ariane 5 and its two satellite payloads are being maintained in fully safe conditions.

See the official Arianespace launch kit for further details on this mission.

Will keep updating about one of our passions as it is the space race
And what happens with LAMOTO2 Soon you’ll have interesting releases…

Astra 1N Launch tonight

Hi everybody! 

Tonight at the NewConceptsCafé…

 We remind you that tonight will be launched the ASTRA 1N satellite from French Guiana with an Ariane 5. You can follow live online using the link below:


The launch window begins at 11:43 PM tonight.

If you have never seen a launch I think i’ts quite interesting.
If everithing goes well, the Astrium-built Astra 1N will be soon  operating with more than 50 active Ku-band transponders. It has a takeoff mass of 5,300 kilograms and the electrical power produced by its solar panels is 13 Kw. over its lifetime of 15 years. The satellite also has the participation of CASA Espacio, namely the FSA’s have been provided. 

The Ariane 5 also has the usual elements provided by CASA Espacio as the Payload adapter.

Via EADS CASA (Communication Department).

More info: