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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Inmarsat Satellite switches from Falcon Heavy to Ariane 5, Falcon 9 Return to Flight slips to 2017

Delays to the maiden flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, exacerbated by the prolonged stand-down of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket after a testing accident prompted satellite operator Inmarsat to move one of its payloads from a planned launch on Falcon Heavy to the European Ariane 5 rocket to ensure a mid-2017 liftoff.

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High Orbital Delivery of Galileo Satellite Quartet captured by Ground-Based Telescope

Unique photos captured last week’s Ariane 5 launch with a quadruplet of Galileo navigation satellites but observers also had eyes high in the sky to capture equally tantalizing views of the four satellites arriving at their orbit destination nearly 23,000 Kilometers above the Earth.

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Photos: Ariane 5’s late Afternoon Blastoff with Satellites for Australia & India

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center on October 5, 2016, carrying into orbit high-capacity communications satellites for Australia and India. The rocket’s 74th successful mission in a row ended with a secondary mission dedicated to study the behavior of supercold rocket propellants in Zero-G.

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