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Ariane 5 Receives Instrument Package

Technicians install the guidance system in the Ariane 5 ECA vehicle equipment bay. Image credit: Arianespace
by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Apr 17, 2006
Arianespace said the basic assembly of its Ariane 5 ECA has been completed with the installation of the rocket's guidance and control systems.

Those systems for Ariane 5 ECA - which is scheduled to launch the Satmex 6 and THAICOM 5 telecom satellites in early 2008 complete the integration of its vehicle equipment bay, also known as the launcher's brains.

Supplied by EADS Astrium, the ring-shaped component is equipped with the power distribution system, flight control unit, telemetry system and other elements for guidance, orientation and sequencing during Ariane 5's mission. It includes advanced laser gyros for accurate orbital injection.

Next, the rocket will be transferred to the final assembly building at Europe's Spaceport, where technicians will install the mission's two satellite payloads.

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