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News Archive / Tagged: Kourou French Guiana

  • 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.

  • Arianespace set to launch two telecom satellites in second Ariane 5 mission of 2017

    Curt GodwinMarch 20th, 2017

    Arianespace is gearing up to loft two communication satellites aboard its workhorse Ariane 5 rocket. Flight VA236 is set to launch from the spaceport in French Guiana in a nearly 3-hour launch window opening at 4:31 p.m. EDT (20:31 GMT) on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

  • Arianespace successfully deploys two communication satellites in first Ariane 5 launch of 2017

    Curt GodwinFebruary 14th, 2017

    Arianespace notched another successful mission with the launch of its Ariane 5 rocket with two communication satellites – SKY Brasil-1 and Telkom 3S. This marks the first Ariane 5 launch of the year for Arianespace and follows their successful Soyuz launch just 17 days prior.

  • Arianespace to open 2017 launch manifest with Hispasat 36W-1

    Curt GodwinJanuary 26th, 2017

    Multinational launch provider Arianespace is gearing up to launch the Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications satellite – alternatively known as Hispasat AG1 – from their spaceport facility in Kourou, French Guiana, and will be their first in 2017. Launch of the new-model communications satellite is set for Jan. 27, 2017, with a liftoff time of 8:03 p.m. EST (01:03 GMT on January 28).

  • Ariane 5 soars into the sky with Star One D1, JCSAT-15 satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 21st, 2016

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Arianespace successfully launched one of its flagship Ariane 5 heavy-lift rockets carrying a dual payload for Brazil and Japan. The launch vehicle, with the Star One D1 and JCSAT-15 communication satellites, took to the skies at 5:30 p.m. local time (20:30 GMT / 3:30 p.m. EST) from the ELA-3 launch complex at the Guiana Space Center.