Today's readiness milestone, held prior to each Arianespace mission from the near-equatorial launch base, confirms the heavy-lift vehicle and its dual-satellite payload are flight-ready, along with the Spaceport's infrastructure and the network of downrange tracking stations
The approval also clears Ariane 5 for tomorrow's rollout from the Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone, where it is scheduled for liftoff on August 24 during a 45-minute launch window opening at 6:55 p.m. local time in French Guiana.
Intelsat 33e is to be deployed first during the 41-minute flight sequence and will operate from an orbital position of 60 deg. East. Built by Boeing using a 702MP spacecraft platform, it is the second satellite in Intelsat's next-generation high-throughput Intelsat EpicNG series, joining Intelsat 29e, which was launched by Arianespace aboard another Ariane 5 in January.
actured by SSL (Space Systems Loral) based on the company's 1300 platform, and will operate from the 68.5 deg. East orbital position,,,,,,,, where Intelsat 36 will be co-located with the Intelsat 20 satellite launched by Arianespace in August 2012.