Thursday, 24 October, 2019

Launch problems for SES-14/YahSat-3

The NASA GOLD mission is expected to launch Thursday from French Guiana The NASA GOLD mission is expected to launch Thursday from French Guiana
Russell Knight | 26 January, 2018, 15:50

An hour after launch, Israel confirmed the rocket suffered an anomaly after the payload separated from the rocket's second stage and contact was lost. SES routinely uses the Ariane 5, along with SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets.

Officials said they chose the "supersynchronous" transfer orbit to reduce the time and fuel needed for the satellites to reach their operating posts.

In an unusual arrangement for NASA, the SES-14 comsat hosted the agency's Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk - GOLD - experiment package, created to monitor Earth's upper atmosphere and how it interacts with the planet's magnetic field and near-Earth space. "There are still many times when we would have to build the satellite and do the launch ourselves, but the more tools we have to get into space, the better for our overall science program".

Uncertainty then followed as controllers tried to determine the status of Ariane and the satellites it was carrying. At that point, no one was in contact with the rocket.

However, the first sign that something was awry came when, at the 35-minute stage, the data being received by mission control - where Dr Mohamed Nasser Al Ahbabi, director general of the UAE Space Agency and members of his team were on hand to monitor proceedings - showed that Al Yah 3 had not been launched.

According to Spaceflight Now, the European Ariane 5 rocket carrying the Al Yah 3 and SES 14 communications satellites lifted off on time from the Guiana Space Center on the northern coast of South America. The rocket is being provided to NASA in exchange for observing time on the observatory.

The two satellites belonged to Luxembourg's SES and the United Arab Emirates' Yahsat. The $53 million GOLD instrument will study the ionosphere and thermosphere layers in the upper atmosphere, where influences from solar activity and Earth-based weather systems combine to affect communications and navigation around the world.

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"W$3 e have had an anomaly on this launch".

The future fleet of Ariane 6 and Vega C launch systems may also involve a level of reusability in the future.

Two commercial satellites and a NASA Earth-observation instrument managed to reach orbit despite a scare during liftoff today (Jan. 25).

On the current calendar, the Ariane 5 is due to make up to six more launches this year.

Two flagship scientific missions are reserved for Ariane 5 launches in October and early 2019.

The rocket has a major NASA mission on its manifest for next year, the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope.

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