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A dual-payload success for Europe: Arianespace's Ariane 5 gives a “lift” to the THOR 7 and SICRAL 2 satellites


















Arianespace - Ariane 5 Flight VA222 poster.


April 26, 2015

Liftoff of Ariane 5 with THOR 7 and SICRAL 2
Arianespace extended Ariane 5’s track record of success with another heavy-lift mission performed today from the Spaceport in French Guiana, which launched a mixed payload of commercial and military telecommunications satellites – THOR 7 and SICRAL 2 – for European operators.

Ariane 5 EC carrying THOR 7and SICRAL 2 satellites launch today at 8:00 UTC
Both spacecraft were deployed following their ascent from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone, with THOR 7 released some 28 minutes after liftoff, and SICRAL 2 separating approximately six minutes later to complete the flight sequence.

Ariane 5 delivered an estimated total lift performance of 9,850 kg., including its two passengers and hardware for the launcher’s dual-payload deployment system. This mission – designated VA222 in Arianespace’s numbering system – was the 222nd launch of an Ariane-series vehicle since 1979, and the 64th consecutive success for Ariane 5, as well as its 78th flight overall.

THOR 7 satellite in orbit
THOR 7 was built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operation by Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, a major European satellite provider of broadcast and data communication services for customers in the broadcast, maritime, and oil and gas markets.

To operate from an orbital slot at .8 deg. West longitude, this spacecraft will serve the maritime sector – offering high-powered coverage over the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the Red Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean. A Ku-band payload for broadcast and television services in Central and Eastern Europe also is incorporated in the relay platform.

 THOR 7 satellite separation in orbit
SICRAL 2, the second payload deployed by Ariane 5 on today’s mission, is a military telecommunications satellite designed to provide strategic and tactical telecommunications links for French and Italian military forces, as well as reserve capacity for other NATO nations.

To be operated from an orbital position of 37 deg. East, SICRAL 2 was developed in the framework of a turnkey contract that the Italian Defense Ministry and the French DGA armament agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement) have with Thales Alenia Space Italy. Telespazio, among other things, was responsible for the launch service.

SICRAL 2 satellite in orbit
With today’s success, Arianespace has conducted three launches from French Guiana so far in 2015 – each with a different member from the company’s launcher family, in which Ariane 5 is joined by the medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega. This pace keeps the company on track to meet its target of 11 missions during the year, based on the availability of payloads scheduled for these launches.

The next Arianespace mission is planned for May, using another Ariane 5 to orbit the DIRECTV-15 and SKY MEXICO-1 satellites.

For more information, see the VA222 launch kit: http://www.arianespace.com/news-launch-kits/2015-2016-archive.asp

For more information about Arianespace, visit: http://www.arianespace.com/index/index.asp

Images, Video, Text, Credits: Arianespace/Thales Alenia/SSL/Orbiter.ch Aerospace.

Best regards, Orbiter.ch
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Cardfight Vanguard, Today’s Card of the Day

English Version’s Card of the Day

Featuring a grade 3 unit from Neo Nectar Clan, Maiden of Frilldrod, which included on Cardfight!! Vanguard G Booster Pack Vol. 2: Soaring Ascent of Gale & Blossom as R card.


Japan Version’s Card of the Day

Today we have 2 card of the day.

The first one is:

Featuring a new grade 3 unit from Link Joker Clan, Alter Ego Messiah, which will included on G Trial Deck 5: Fateful Star Messiah.

Alter Ego Messiah
G3 / Power: 11000
Set: Fateful Star Messiah - G-TD05/002        
Card Effect:
[AUTO](VC) Generation Break 2 (This ability is active if you have two or more face up G units in total on your (VC) or G zone):[Soul Blast (1)] When a locked card is unlocked, you may pay the cost. If you do, draw a card.
[AUTO](VC):[Counter Blast (1) & Choose one of your rear-guards, and lock it] During your turn, when your G unit Stride, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose one of your opponent’s rear-guards, lock it, choose one of your vanguards, and it gets [Power]+5000 until end of turn. (The locked card is turned face down, and cannot do anything. It turns face up at the end of the owner’s turn.)


The Second one is:

Featuring a new grade 0 starter from Link Joker Clan, Neon Messiah, which also will included on G Trial Deck 5: Fateful Star Messiah.

Neon Messiah
G0 / Power: 5000 / Shield: 10000
Set: Fateful Star Messiah - G-TD05/014 - G-TD05/014 (PR)        
Card Effect:
[AUTO]:Forerunner (When a unit of the same clan rides this unit, you may call this unit to (RC))
[AUTO](RC) Generation Break 1 (This ability is active if you have one or more face up G units in total on your (VC) or G zone):[Put this unit into your soul] When this unit is unlocked, you may pay the cost. If you do, search your deck for up to one grade 3 card with “Messiah” in its card name, reveal it to your opponent, put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck.


For more information about Card of the Day, you can check on Official Website:
English Version Card of the Day
Japan Version Card of the Day


For more information about card detail and translation, please check on Cardfight Vanguard Wikia, link HERE.  

A dual-payload success for Europe: Arianespace’s Ariane 5 gives a “lift” to the THOR 7 and SICRAL 2 satellites

Ariane Flight VA222

Arianespace extended Ariane 5’s track record of success with another heavy-lift mission performed today from the Spaceport in French Guiana, which launched a mixed payload of commercial and military telecommunications satellites – THOR 7 and SICRAL 2 – for European operators.

Both spacecraft were deployed following their ascent from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone, with THOR 7 released some 28 minutes after liftoff, and SICRAL 2 separating approximately six minutes later to complete the flight sequence.

Ariane 5 delivered an estimated total lift performance of 9,850 kg., including its two passengers and hardware for the launcher’s dual-payload deployment system. This mission – designated VA222 in Arianespace’s numbering system – was the 222nd launch of an Ariane-series vehicle since 1979, and the 64th consecutive success for Ariane 5, as well as its 78th flight overall.

During post-launch comments at the Spaceport, Arianespace Chairman & CEO Stéphane Israël said the company was proud to have successfully implemented a dual launch solution serving both private and public entities, and addressing both civilian and military applications.

THOR 7 was built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operation by Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, a major European satellite provider of broadcast and data communication services for customers in the broadcast, maritime, and oil and gas markets.

To operate from an orbital slot at .8 deg. West longitude, this spacecraft will serve the maritime sector – offering high-powered coverage over the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the Red Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean. A Ku-band payload for broadcast and television services in Central and Eastern Europe also is incorporated in the relay platform.

After THOR 7’s separation was confirmed, Israel took the opportunity to thank Telenor for entrusting its latest satellite to Arianespace and its workhorse Ariane 5.

SICRAL 2, the second payload deployed by Ariane 5 on today’s mission, is a military telecommunications satellite designed to provide strategic and tactical telecommunications links for French and Italian military forces, as well as reserve capacity for other NATO nations.

To be operated from an orbital position of 37 deg. East, SICRAL 2 was developed in the framework of a turnkey contract that the Italian Defense Ministry and the French DGA armament agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement) have with Thales Alenia Space Italy. Telespazio, among other things, was responsible for the launch service.

“Ariane 5 has played again a key part in the strategic partnership set up by Italy and France to develop a common policy regarding European security,” said Israël.

With today’s success, Arianespace has conducted three launches from French Guiana so far in 2015 – each with a different member from the company’s launcher family, in which Ariane 5 is joined by the medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega. This pace keeps the company on track to meet its target of 11 missions during the year, based on the availability of payloads scheduled for these launches.

The next Arianespace mission is planned for May, using another Ariane 5 to orbit the DirecTV-15 and SKY Mexico-1 satellites.

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A rare trip inside the home of the world’s most breathtaking cave painting leaves lasting memories

  • by Joshua Hammer

“The entry into the depths of the Chauvet Cave, the world’s greatest repository of Palaeolithic art, begins with a dramatic ascent. A steep switchback trail through a forest brings one to the foot of a limestone cliff. From here a wood-plank walkway leads to a steel door. Behind it, sealed from outsiders by four secure locks- including a biometric lock accessible by only four conservators - lies a time capsule that remained hidden from the world for 35,000 years.

Ever since three amateur spelunkers, led by Jean-Marie Chauvet, crawled into the cave on December 18, 1994, and stumbled upon its remarkable trove of drawings and engravings, the government has sharply restricted access in order to preserve its fragile ecosystem. I had been as far as this entrance four months earlier, while researching a cover story about Chauvet forSmithsonian. Back then, I had to settle for entering the Caverne Pont D’Arc, a $60 million facsimile then under construction in a nearby concrete shed. But in April, in advance of the facsimile’s opening to the public, France’s Ministry of Culture invited me and three other journalists on a rare guided tour of the real Chauvet.

Marie Bardisa, Chauvet’s chief custodian, opened the steel door and we entered a cramped antechamber. Each of us slipped into the obligatory protective gear, including rubber shoes, a blue jumpsuit, a helmet mounted with a miner’s lamp, and rope harness fitted with two caribiners. Feelings of claustrophobia began to take hold of me as I crawled through a narrow rock passageway that ascended, curved, then descended, and finally stopped just before an abyss: a 50-foot drop to the grotto floor. A permanent ladder is now in place here. Bardisa’s assistant clipped our caribiners to a fixed line and we descended, one by one, into the darkness” (read more).

(Source: Smithsonian Magazine)

Similar to objects in your mirror, the end may be closer than it appears.

A Christian group claims May 21, 2011 marks the beginning of the end; and they’re not shy about letting others know.

And there’s apparently no middle ground:

“If May 21 passes and I’m still here, that means I wasn’t saved. Does that mean God’s word is inaccurate or untrue? Not at all,” - Allison Warner, believer

If a believer transcends in the woods and nobody sees it, did it really happen?

More on this one: http://bit.ly/