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May 3rd, 2017

RUAG Space to Steer Ariane 5 Rocket in the Right Direction at Tomorrow's Launch

Ariane 5 is the Heavy Lift Launcher with RUAG Space's equipment on board.

Now that launches are resuming at Arianespace after the month long strike one of the companies that has contributed to the building of the Ariane 5 rocket for Arianespace is RUAG Space. This time for both for the Ariane 5 rockets, as well as for its payload, the Koreasat-7 satellite, RUAG Space has supplied a broad range of products that will contribute to the mission success.

The launch is scheduled for Thursday, 04 May (from 10.31pm CET) from Kourou, French Guiana where the Ariane 5 rocket will carry RUAG Space’s payload fairing No. 236, manufactured in Switzerland. In addition, the central computer that will steer the rocket has been provided by the Swedish Gothenburg site. It is the 451st computer provided by RUAG Space, as well as number 452 as a back-up. 

Additionally, RUAG Space provided the adapter and separation system to link the payload to the rocket. This will be the in-orbit separation No 616 for the company.

Additionally, the Korean communication satellite Koreasat-7 will carry 1 Ka-band antenna and 5 Ku-band antennas to provide beacon, telemetry, and command communication functions during the launch and transfer orbit phases, as well as on station in geostationary orbit. 

Koreasat-7 will provide Internet access, multimedia, broadcasting and fixed communications services for Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and India.