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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Photos: Vega Rocket blasts off from French Guiana with Turkish Imaging Satellite

Europe’s Vega rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center on its year-closing mission, thundering into mostly clear skies with the Göktürk-1A imaging satellite that will give the Turkish Ministry of Defence its sharpest eye in the sky for the collection of reconnaissance and Earth observation imagery.

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Video: Vega Rocket lifts off with Göktürk-1A Imaging Satellite

Europe’s Vega rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center on its year-closing mission, thundering into mostly clear skies with the Göktürk-1A imaging satellite that will give the Turkish Ministry of Defence its sharpest eye in the sky for the collection of reconnaissance and Earth observation imagery.

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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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Video: Ariane 5 lifts off with Communications Satellite Duo

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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Ariane 5 launches Satellites for Australia & India, conducts In-Orbit Tests for successor Rocket

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket lifted a pair of communications satellites into orbit for Australia and India on Wednesday in another textbook mission that also accomplished a critical test for the launcher’s successor currently in development for a maiden launch in 2020.

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