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News Archive / Tagged: Kourou French Guiana

  • Soyuz ST-B launcher lofts O3b quartet to orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 9th, 2018

    Arianespace successfully conducted its second launch this year on Friday, March 9 lofting four O3b communications satellites to orbit.

  • Two halves of James Webb Space Telescope come together for testing in California

    Curt GodwinFebruary 6th, 2018

    After years of development, and having undertaken rounds of discrete testing, the two major components of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have arrived in California for fully-integrated testing. The flagship mission is referred to as the scientific successor to the stalwart Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and is set to launch on an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket in the Spring of 2019 from Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Ariane 5 rocket places 2 satellites into orbit despite telemetry anomaly

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 25th, 2018

    Arianespace conducted its first mission of 2018 by launching its workhorse Ariane 5 booster with the SES-14 and Al Yah 3 communications satellites. However, the outcome of the flight remained a mystery for several hours as telemetry cut off just after ignition of the upper stage of the rocket.

  • First Ariane 5 flight of 2018 to deliver SES-14 and Al Yah 3 communications satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 24th, 2018

    On Thursday, January 25, Europe’s flagship Ariane 5 booster is scheduled to fly for the first time this year. The rocket is being prepared to orbit the SES-14 and Al Yah 3 communications satellites.

  • Ariane 5 poised to be retired

    Collin SkocikJanuary 11th, 2018

    After more than twenty years in service, the Ariane 5 rocket is going to stop flying. The European rocket was first flown in June of 1996, and ArianeSpace has now ordered the last ten Ariane 5 launchers.

  • Ariane 5 Flight VA240 launches four Galileo satellites

    Collin SkocikDecember 13th, 2017

    At 3:36 p.m. local time (1:36 p.m. EST / 18:36 GMT) on December 12, 2017, an Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying four Galileo satellites, bringing the total number of spacecraft in the Galileo constellation to 22.

  • Vega rocket sends MOHAMMED VI–A satellite to orbit on next-to-last Kourou flight of 2017

    Jason RhianNovember 7th, 2017

    Lighting the skies above the jungles of Kourou, French Guiana, an Arianespace Vega rocket lifted off from the Kourou Space Centre's ELV at 10:42 p.m. GFT (8:42 p.m. EST) on November 7 (01:42 GMT on Nov. 8), 2017. The payload for this flight was the MOHAMMED VI–A satellite which Vega sent on its way to a Sun-synchronous orbit.

  • Arianespace poised to launch Vega with MOHAMMED VI–A satellite

    Jason RhianNovember 5th, 2017

    Arianespace is ready to launch the MOHAMMED VI–A satellite on behalf of the Kingdom of Morocco on November 7, 2017, at 10:42 p.m. local time (01:42 GMT Nov. 8). The spacecraft is slated to lift off from the Guiana Space Centre's Vega Launch Complex (SLV) and will mark the 10th flight of the year for the Courcouronnes, Essonne, France-based firm. 

  • Arianespace closes the first half of 2017 with launch of Flight VA238

    Curt GodwinJune 28th, 2017

    After a minor technical glitch interrupted the countdown for five minutes, Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket, Flight VA238, left the pad at the Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 5:15 p.m. EDT (21:15 GMT) on June 28, 2017, to deploy two satellites – Hellas Sat 3 / Inmarsat S EAN and GSAT-17 – into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

  • Arianespace to close out June with Flight VA238 launch of two satellites

    Curt GodwinJune 26th, 2017

    Final preparations are underway for the launch of two satellites aboard Arianespace's workhorse Ariane 5 rocket for delivery to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). The launch is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 2017, during a 77-minute window opening at 4:59 p.m. EDT (20:59 GMT).

  • Arianespace opens June with record launch of two heavy telecom satellites on Flight VA237

    Curt GodwinJune 1st, 2017

    Amidst rain showers dotting the area surrounding the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, Arianespace successfully delivered two telecommunications satellites to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Flight VA237 saw the Ariane 5 lift off the pad at 7:45 p.m. EDT (23:45 GMT) on June 1, 2017, marking the launch provider's sixth mission of the year and earning a new record in the process.

  • Ariane 5 Flight VA237 set for record launch with heavy telecom satellites

    Curt GodwinMay 30th, 2017

    Arianespace gears up for a record launch of its Ariane 5 on Flight VA237 with a heavy pair of telecommunications satellites: ViaSat-2 and EUTELSAT 172B. Liftoff from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. is scheduled for June 1, 2017, during a 1-hour launch window opening at 7:45 p.m. EDT (23:45 GMT).

  • Arianespace tallies up another successful mission with launch of two telecom satellites

    Curt GodwinMay 4th, 2017

    More than a month after its initial planned launch was delayed by a "social movement" in the French South American overseas department, Arianespace's Flight VA236 finally departed from the Guiana Space Center and delivered two telecommunication satellites to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

  • Strikes in French Guiana halt launches at Guiana Space Centre

    Bart LeahyMarch 29th, 2017

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Mass protests, driven by unions and public outcry over crime rates and unemployment issues, have shut down operations at France’s Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. While space exploration is not a central issue in the protests, union members have gone on strike at the spaceport to call attention to the problems facing the French department.

  • Arianespace delays launch of Ariane 5 Flight VA236 due to ‘social movement’

    Curt GodwinMarch 20th, 2017

    Arianespace has announced a 24-hour delay, at least, of Flight VA236 due to a "social movement" at The Spaceport in French Guiana. It is not entirely clear what constitutes a "social movement", though there are reports that indicate the workers who are responsible for the rollout of the vehicle to the ELA-3 launch site called for a strike.