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Ariane 5 to test modified fairing for JWST, hardware for new range safety system

Posted On: 31 Jul 2020   |   Posted By: Spaceflight Now

Ariane 5 to test modified fairing for JWST, hardware for new range safety system

The payload shroud containing three commercial satellites on top of the Ariane 5 rocket for launch Friday includes modifications needed for the launch in late 2021 of the James Webb Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace - Photo Optique Video du CSG - P. Baudon
Engineers plan to test small modifications to a payload shroud on a European Ariane 5 rocket launch Friday from French Guiana, gathering data on changes introduced to meet stringent criteria for the launch of the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope in late 2021.
The Ariane 5 rocket is set for launch from the Guiana Space Center on the northeastern coast of South America during a 46-minute window Friday opening at 5:30 p.m. EDT. It will mark the 109th flight of an Ariane 5 rocket since 1996, and the third Ariane 5 flight this year after Arianespace's launch schedule suffered delays stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
The rocket will carry three commercial satellites into geostationary transfer orbit, an elliptical transfer loop...

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