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ESA Press Release - "Ariane 503 launch now scheduled for 20 October 1998"



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> JOINT ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE PRESS RELEASE                                
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> Ariane 503 launch now scheduled for 20 October 1998
> 
> On Monday, 21 September 1998 ESA and CNES held the Launcher
> Qualification Review in Evry, France. The review concluded that Ariane
> 503 launcher design justification files were progressing correctly. It
> also noted that modifications and testing at Kourou had been taken into
> account.
> 
> The launch campaign, which is being conducted by Arianespace, was
> resumed on 7 September and has been proceeding without incident.
> 
> The next major step is transfer of the vehicle from the launcher
> integration building to the final assembly building, currently planned
> for 3 October. The target launch date is now Tuesday, 20 October 1998,
> with a window opening at 1300 local time (1600 GMT or 1800 Central
> European Summer Time).
> 
> ARIANE 5 is a programme of the European Space Agency (ESA), which has
> delegated prime contractor responsibility for development of this new
> launcher to CNES.
> 
> Flight 503 is the final qualification flight, carried out under ESA
> responsibility. The launcher is the first unit of a production batch
> ordered by Arianespace from European industry.
> 
> Launch operations at the ELA 3 launch complex at Europe's spaceport, the
> Guiana Space Centre (CSG), are conducted by Arianespace.
> 
> For further information, please contact: ESA Public Relations Tel:
> +33(0) 1.53.69.7155   Fax:  +33(0)1.53.69.7690 
> 
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