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FW: ESA Press Release - "Ariane 503: Launch confirmed for October 21st, 1998"



Greetings all...

The following is an ESA Press release concerning flight 503......

 --73 Dan NN0DJ--
> JOINT ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACEPRESS RELEAS
> 
> 
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> Ariane 503 : Launch confirmed for october 21st, 1998                    
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> 
> On Friday 16 and Monday 19 October, the launch readiness review for
> Ariane 503 took place at the Guiana Space Centre, Europe's spaceport, in
> Kourou, French Guiana.
> 
> This review gives the go-ahead for the final countdown to a launch on
> Wednesday 21 October 1998 within the following launch window:
> 
> 13 :00 to 14 :30 hours Kourou time 16 :00 to 17 :30 hours Universal Time
> 18 :00 to 19 :30 hours Central European Summer Time/Paris.
> 
> The launcher roll-out from the final assembly building to the launch
> zone is scheduled for Tuesday 20 October as from 0930 hours Kourou
> time.
> 
> This third Ariane-5 test flight will qualify the new heavy-lift European
> launcher for satellite injection into geostationary transfer orbit.  
> The launcher will also carry the Atmospheric Reentry Demonstrator (ARD).
>  This test spacecraft developed for ESA by Aerospatiale  (France) will
> demonstrate reentry technologies for Europe.
> 
> 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 the Guiana Space Centre
> (CSG), Europe's spaceport, are conducted by Arianespace.
> 
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