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Ariane 5 December 28, 2010

Ariane 5 mission with HISPASAT 1E and KOREASAT 6: Postponed due to weather conditions

The year-ending Ariane 5 mission with Hispasat 1E and KOREASAT 6 was postponed this evening due to winds at altitude over the Spaceport in French Guiana.

748The launcher and its two payloads remain in a “safe” mode on the Spaceport’s launch pad, and are ready for a potential new countdown tomorrow in a launch window that begins at 6:27 p.m. local time in French Guiana.

This sixth flight of Arianespace’s heavy-lift workhorse in 2010 has a payload lift performance of 9,260 kg., which includes a mass of 8,170 kg. for its two satellite passengers.

Hispasat 1E will provide high-quality capacity for Spanish operator HISPASAT’s new initiatives – which include direct to home television; digital terrestrial television; value-added broadband services in mobile, land and maritime environments; and high-definition television.  The relay platform was built by Space Systems/Loral.

The KOREASAT 6 satellite will be operated by the Republic of Korea’s KT Corporation, delivering communications and broadcasting services across all of South Korea.  It was produced by an industry team composed of Orbital Sciences Corp. and Thales Alenia Space.

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Ariane 5 is moved to the launch zone for its year-ending flight

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