action occurred inside the Ariane 5 final assembly building. As
can be seen in the picture featured alongside, Insat-4A is lowered
into the assembly fixture, with its Sylda dispenser visible at the
bottom center of the photo.
The mated Insat-4A/Sylda unit is to be integrated with the protective
payload fairing, and this combination will be positioned over Europe's
MSG-2 second-generation metrological satellite on top of Ariane
5 to complete the payload "stack."
Liftoff of the Ariane 5 Generic vehicle with Insat 4A and MSG-2
is set for 21 December (around 2 am on 22 December India time).
The MSG-2 platform will provide high-resolution images of the Earth's
weather activity, and is to measure the planet's radiation balance
for information on climate change.
to launch on 22 December in French Guyana
leases Insat 4A; to offer 150 channels
readies Insat 4A, weather satellite for launch