The last flight of Europe’s most powerful workhorse
Last ever launch of Europe's powerful Ariane 5 heavy-lift space launch vehicle on July 5 after delays. The rocket is the reliant, available and affordable workhorse of Europe’s independent access to space. Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) has proudly worked with Ariane 5 for 33 years.
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5’s last launch
Not only has KONGSBERG delivered components to Ariane 5’s last mission, but KONGSBERG’s Space & Surveillance division has also delivered components to one of its payloads – the Heinrich-Hertz-Satellite named after the German physicist Heinrich Hertz who discovered radio waves.
The Heinrich Hertz mission, managed by the German Space Agency at German Aerospace Center (DLR), aims to explore and test new communications technologies in space at a technical and scientific level in order to determine how broadband communications, for example, can result in high data rates for mobile final users. KONGSBERG has delivered its Command Receivers and Telemetry Transmitters with inbuilt frequency flexibility, allowing in-orbit broad banded selection of receive and transmit frequencies. In other words, it provides a connection between the satellite itself and the stations on the ground - key component for operating a satellite.
The Ariane 5 will also deliver the French military satellite Syracuse 4B to geostationary transfer orbit. The Syracuse 4B, part of a French military satellite communications (milsatcom) program, is built for the French defence procurement agency DGA. The satellite will handle long-range and secure defence telecommunications between headquarters in France and units deployed in different theatre’s of operation.
After deployment, Heinrich-Hertz-Satellit and Syracuse 4B will make their own way to geostationary orbit, a circular path that lies about 35,700 kilometres above Earth.