A Bizarre Failure Scenario Emerges for Ariane 5 Mission Anomaly with SES 14 & Al Yah 3

Europe’s Ariane 5 appears to have gotten away with a black eye on Thursday when its 97th mission veered off course from the onset of the rocket’s climb, but still managed to deploy two innovative communications craft in a stable, but off-target orbit from where it will be up to the SES 14 and Al Yah 3 satellites to rectify the situation and maneuver into their operational slots above the equator.

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Ariane 5 Launch Anomaly Leaves Uncertainty on Status of Commercial Satellite Duo

Europe’s Ariane 5 launch vehicle, after 82 consecutive successes over a 15-year streak, encountered a potentially serious anomaly on Thursday when lifting a pair of cutting-edge communications satellites into a high-energy Supersynchronous Transfer Orbit.

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Ariane 5 Reaches Launch Pad for Dual-Payload Delivery with SES 14 & Al Yah 3

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket rolled out to its French Guiana launch pad in preparation for liftoff on Thursday on the vehicle’s year-opening mission, tasked with deploying a pair of innovative satellites to a Supersynchronous Transfer Orbit peaking 45,000 Kilometers above the planet.

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2017 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2017 saw a total of 90 known orbital launch attempts from seven nations and space ports in eight different countries. 2017 had the second most orbital launch attempts of any year in the current century, short of 92 launches in 2014 and showing a slight increase from 2016 that had 85 known launch attempts.

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Ariane 5 Closes 2017 with Four-Satellite Delivery for European Galileo Navigation System

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from the Guiana Space Center on Tuesday on its second mission in support of the Galileo Navigation Satellite System, aiming to add the next four members to the growing constellation set to reach operational strength in 2018 to begin offering global navigation services.

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Photos: Ariane 5 Rolls Out for Liftoff with Four Galileo Navigation Satellites

Europe’s Ariane 5 workhorse launch vehicle rolled to the ELA-3 launch pad at the Guiana Space Center on December 11, 2017 in preparation for launch with the second group of four Galileo satellites to take the navigation system one step closer to reaching its fully operational capability.

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Heavy Communications Satellite Duo Rides to Orbit on Europe’s Ariane 5 after three-week Delay

Riding on pillars of fire and smoke, Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket blasted into the sunset over French Guiana on Friday, heading off on its final Geotransfer mission of the year with a pair of particularly heavy satellites for operators Intelsat and B-SAT

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Ariane 5 Returns to French Guiana Launch Pad for Second Attempt with Intelsat 37e & BSat-4a

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket returned to its French Guiana Launch Pad for liftoff Friday night with a pair of communications satellites for Luxembourg’s Intelsat and Japanese operator B-SAT, coming back from an aborted ignition earlier this month

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Ariane 5 Suffers Rare On-Pad Abort after Engine Ignition

Europe’s Ariane 5 workhorse launcher suffered a very rare on-pad abort on Tuesday when aiming for a sunset liftoff from French Guiana with a particularly heavy pair of communications satellites for operators Intelsat and B-SAT

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Ariane 5 Targets Sunset Liftoff with Heavy Communications Satellite Duo

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket stands ready for a sunset liftoff from French Guiana on its fifth mission of the year, targeting a launch window of 21:51 to 22:24 UTC on Tuesday to send two heavy communications satellites into Geostationary Transfer Orbit for Luxembourg’s Intelsat and Japan’s B-SAT.

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Ariane 5 successfully lifts two Telecommunications Satellites for three Operators

Hauling two heavy satellites into orbit, Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket checked off its fourth successful flight of the year on Wednesday, the 80th success in a row for the workhorse launcher in a streak that has been going since 2002.

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Stunning Photos of fourth Ariane 5 Liftoff in 2017

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket blasted off from the ELA-3 launch pad at the Guiana Space Center at 21:15 UTC on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 on its fourth heavy-lift mission of the year, carrying a pair of communications satellites

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Video: Ariane 5 VA238 Launch

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket blasted off from the ELA-3 launch pad at the Guiana Space Center at 21:15 UTC on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 on its fourth heavy-lift mission of the year, carrying a pair of communications satellites to Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

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Ariane 5 Rocket set for Heavy Haul with two Communications Satellites

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket stands ready for liftoff from South America on Wednesday on another heavy haul into Geostationary Transfer Orbit with a pair of satellites for India and commercial operators Inmarsat and Hellas Sat.

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