Record-Setting Ariane 5 Launch Delivers Pair of Landmark Communications Satellites to Orbit

Europe’s Ariane 5 workhorse lit up the night skies over the edge of the Amazon Thursday night, rumbling into orbit on a record-setting mission with a pair of high-powered broadband satellites for the United States and Europe

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Photos: Ariane 5 Rumbles into the Night with Heavy Satellite Duo

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from the ELA-3 launch site at the Guiana Space Center at 23:45 UTC on Thursday, June 1, 2017 establishing a new record for the heaviest payload lifted into Geostationary Transfer Orbit by the workhorse launcher.

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Two Milestone Communications Satellites reach French Guiana Launch Pad atop Ariane 5 Rocket

Europe’s Ariane 5 workhorse reached its launch pad on the edge of the Amazon jungle on Wednesday in preparation for a Thursday night liftoff with a pair of milestone communications satellites from the United States and Europe.

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Twilight Ariane 5 Launch with Dual-Satellite Payload marks Resumption of Missions from French Guiana

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket thundered into the afternoon skies over the Guiana Space Center on Thursday, embarking on a heavy-lift mission to haul a pair of communications satellites into orbit for Brazil and South Korea.

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After Strike Ends, Ariane 5 reaches French Guiana Launch Pad for Dual-Payload Delivery Mission

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket rolled out to its French Guiana launch pad on Wednesday for a long-delayed dual-satellite delivery that was held up for over a month by a general strike in the small French department that caused operations at the space base to grind to a complete halt.

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Operations Resume at Europe’s Guiana Space Center after Month-Long Stand Still

The Guiana Space Center returned to operations on Monday after protests and a general strike brought French Guiana to a halt for over a month, interrupting work a the European-run spaceport and as a result delaying three missions out of the equatorial launch base.

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Ariane 5 thunders into the Sunset with Communications Satellites for Brazil & Indonesia

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket leapt of its launch pad on the edge of the Amazon jungle at sunset on Tuesday, flying into the dark of night to lift a pair of commercial communications satellites into orbit for operators in Latin America and Indonesia.

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Arianespace outlines busy Manifest for 2017, announces two new Launch Contracts

Arianespace plans to build on a successful year 2016 with a sustained launch pace in 2017, opening the year with two new launch contracts for television and broadband satellites to ride into orbit aboard the company’s Ariane 5 rocket in 2018 and 2019.

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2016 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2016 saw a total of 85 known orbital launch attempts operated by eight nations from space ports in

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Ariane 5 caps successful Year with Dual-Payload Delivery, lofting Satellites from Brazil & Japan

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket rumbled away from the edge of the Amazon on Wednesday, taking flight for the last time in 2016 for a dual-satellite delivery mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit with the Star One D1 and JCSat-15 telecom satellites for Brazil and Japan.

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Ariane 5 set for Year-Closing Mission with Communication Satellite Duo from Brazil & Japan

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket is set for its year-closing mission on Wednesday, lifting a pair of commercial communications satellites from Brazil and Japan into orbit to deliver broadcasting and telecommunications to Asia and the Americas.

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