Ariane 5 Mission VA240

Europe's Ariane 5 rocket is set to rumble off from South America on Tuesday to carry into orbit the next four Galileo Navigation Satellites, expanding the constellation toward fully operational services.

Ariane 5 is set for liftoff at precisely 18:36:07 UTC, embarking on a three-hour and 56-minute climb into an orbit nearly 23,000 Kilometers in altitude, sending the four 715-Kilogram satellites off in pairs into Plane A of the growing Galileo Constellation.

Launch: December 12, 2017Launch Updates
Launch Time: 18:36:07 UTCGalileo Spacecraft
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5 ES/GalileoAriane Launch Vehicle
Launch Site: ELA-3, Guiana Space CenterCountdown Timeline
Ascent Duration: 3 Hours & 56 MinutesFlight Profile
Payload: 4 Galileo Satellites 
Target Orbit: 22,920km, 57.00° 
Payload Mass: 3,285kg