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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