Flight VA205 is the 61st ARIANE 5 launch and the first in 2012. An ARIANE 5 ES, with a reignitable 3rd stage, will be used for this flight.
Flight VA205 is a commercial mission for the Ariane 5 launcher. Launcher 553 for this mission is the 53rd production launcher and the last of the PA batch of 30 launchers, for which ASTRIUM is production Prime Contractor. It is the third of the A5ES series and consists of a lower composite identical to that of the A5/ECA version (EAP with overloaded segment S1, EPC type P2 with Vulcain 2 engine) and an upper composite comprising an EPS P2000 and a composite VEB; this launcher is the 36th complete launcher delivered to Arianespace, integrated and inspected under the responsibility of ASTRIUM in the Launcher Integration Building (BIL).
In a single-payload configuration, with a long pattern fairing, it will carry the third ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) cargo carrier for the European Space Agency (ESA), to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).
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