[SatNews] 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 Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building, the Ariane 5 ES version of the Company'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 - named after German astronomer/mathematician Johannes Kepler - will be installed. 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 28th from French Guiana.