AMSAT P3-D Launch Campaign Kourou, Part 5

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Lifting of the COTE rack into the launch table with a crane. The COTE rack weighs 352 kg. 
Preparation of the launcher interfaces for mating with the SBS+P3-D and ASAP5+STRV stack. 
Transfer of the full stack to the top of the rocket. 
Lifting of the whole stack with a crane for assembly on the launch vehicle in the BAF. 
Several movable platforms allow full and easy access to the launcher and payloads. 
P3-D meets the launcher.. 
removal of the protection plug in the motor nozzle. 
All "Remove Before Flight" items, like protection caps for the cameras and sensors, have to be removed prior the assembly of PAS-1R. 
The spacecraft is now "armed" and ready for flight. PAS-1R will be assembled on top of us. It is the last time that we can see P3-D like this, 
Flight 135 will carry PanAmSat's PAS 1R, which, at a liftoff mass of 4,758 kg. and a deployed span of 45.6 meters, is the largest commercial communications satellite of its type. PanAmSat's first spacecraft was launched on the maiden flight of ARIANE 401 together with AMSAT P3-C (OSCAR-13). 
PAS-1R meets P3-D
A last view of P3-D before the adapter is bolted down and the fairing is closed. 
On Launch Day-1 the AR507 launcher was rolled-out from the BAF to the launch zone. 
The roll-out from the BAF to the ZL takes about 40 minutes. 
On it's way to the launch zone... 
With 24 hours delay Ariane 5 was launched on November 17, 2000. Separation of P3-D was 42 minutes after launch. First telemetrydata were successfully received following morning. P3-D is alive and is now called AO-40! 

Photos Arianespace. 


Pictures taken by IK1SLD from the TV transmission BR3/Spacenight

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Generated on 11/21/00