EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / CNES / ARIANESPACE, SERVICE OPTIQUE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / CNES / ARIANESPACE, SERVICE OPTIQUE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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Stellat 5 satellite payload preparation. Spaceport engineers in clean room conditions preparing the Stellat 5 European communications satellite for launch. It is mounted on its payload adapter and being prepared for transfer to the Final Assembly Building (BAF), at the Ariane Launch Complex number 3 (ELA-3) at the Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana. The launch took place successfully on a dual Ariane 5G launch (V153) on 5 July 2002. Photographed in June 2002.
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