Photos: Nighttime Ariane 5 Liftoff with Intelsat Satellite Pair

Europe’s Ariane 5 thunders off from the Guiana Space Center in a post-sunset liftoff on Wednesday, successfully lifting a pair of satellites into orbit for telecommunications provider Intelsat, marking the first time two Intelsat birds were lifted by the same booster.

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Intelsat Pair lifted into Orbit in Record-Setting Ariane 5 Launch

Lighting up the night at the edge of the Amazon, Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket boosted a heavy pair of Intelsat communications satellites into orbit on Wednesday and in the process pushed its record for the heaviest payload delivered to Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

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Ariane 5 rolls out for first Dual-Payload Launch for Telecom Giant Intelsat

Europe’s workhorse rocket, the trusted Ariane 5, rolled to its launch pad at the Guiana Space Center on Tuesday in preparation for a rare dedicated launch on Wednesday, lifting two satellites operated by the same company into orbit.

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Ariane 5 streaks into Orbit with heavy Communications Satellite Pair

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket jumped off its French Guiana Launch Pad on Saturday, under the loud-thunder of its cryogenic main engine and twin solid rocket boosters to lift a pair of U.S.-made communications satellites into orbit to deliver TV and banking services to America and Indonesia.

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Video: Ariane 5 launches heaviest GTO Payload to Date

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket jumped off its French Guiana Launch Pad on Saturday, under the loud-thunder of its cryogenic main engine and twin solid rocket boosters to lift a pair of U.S.-made communications satellites into orbit to deliver TV and banking services to America and Indonesia.

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Intense Upper Level Winds cause Ariane 5 Launch Scrub – New Attempt Saturday

Arianespace had to scrub Friday’s planned Ariane 5 launch with pair of heavy communications satellites due to unfavorable Upper Level Winds. Pending progression of winds aloft, Ariane 5 will try again on Saturday during a 70-minute window opening at 20:30 UTC.

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24-Hour Delay for Ariane 5 Launch with EchoStar 18 & BRIsat

The launch of Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket with the EchoStar 18 and BRIsat communications satellites is being delayed to Friday due to an anomaly with an umbilical connection of the 55-meter tall launch vehicle. Friday’s launch window opens at 20:30 UTC and extends until 21:40 UTC.

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Video: Nighttime Ariane 5 Launch with Eutelsat Satellite

An Ariane 5 rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center in the dark of night on Wednesday, racing into the skies over its equatorial launch site to deliver the Eutelsat 65 West A satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit in the launcher’s second single-payload mission of the year.

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Intelsat 29e healthy in Orbit, ready to begin Apogee-Maneuvers

The Intelsat 29e satellite launched atop an Ariane 5 rocket on Wednesday received a smooth ride into Geostationary Transfer Orbit and finished its initial checkouts, now ready to begin the climb to Geostationary Orbit for a 15-year mission delivering high-capacity communications services to the Americas and the Trans-Atlantic flight route.

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Photos: Ariane 5 rumbles away from Jungle Launch Pad

Europe’s workhorse rocket conducted a rare single-payload launch on Wednesday, lifting the Intelsat 29e communications satellite to an optimized Geostationary Transfer Orbit to begin an “Epic” mission as part of Intelsat’s new and improved communications architecture.

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Photos: All Orbital Launches of 2015

The year 2015 saw 87 orbital launch attempts from spaceports across the globe – 84 missions reached orbit in a year that saw 82 successful orbital launches. Here are photos of all of 2015’s space launches.

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2015 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2015 saw a total of 87 known orbital launch attempts operated by seven nations from space ports in eight countries.

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Good Orbit for Badr-7 & GSAT-15 after on-target Ariane 5 Launch

The closing mission of 2015 for Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket delivered its two payloads to an on-target orbit as evident in orbital data released by the Joint Space Operations Center. Ariane 5 lifted off from the Guiana Space Center on Tuesday at 21:34 UTC, carrying the Badr-7 and GSAT-15 satellites to an optimized Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

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Eutelsat signs Multi-Launch Deal with ILS Proton, switches to single-payload Ariane 5 Launch

Commercial Satellite operator Eutelsat has signed a multi-launch agreement with International Launch Services, acquiring slots on Proton rockets for the period of 2016 to 2023, and signed with Arianespace for a rare single-payload launch atop the powerful Ariane 5 rocket in early 2016.

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