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  • Vega rocket to send Turkish Earth-observing satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 3rd, 2016

    Arianespace is gearing up for its tenth mission of the year that will launch the Göktürk-1 Earth-observing spacecraft for the Turkish Armed Forces. The satellite will be launched by the company’s light-lift Vega booster on Dec. 5 at 13:51 GMT (8:51 a.m. EST) from the Vega Launch Complex (SLV) in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Ariane 5 booster soars into orbit with four Galileo navigation satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 17th, 2016

    Thundering off from the launch pad at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, an Ariane 5 rocket took to the skies on Thursday, Nov. 17, to replenish Europe’s Galileo navigation network. The booster, carrying four Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites, lifted off at 10:06 a.m. local time (8:06 a.m. EST / 13:06 GMT).

  • Ariane 5 to launch a quartet of Galileo navigation satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 15th, 2016

    Arianespace is all set to launch four new navigation satellites for Europe’s Galileo network atop an Ariane 5 launcher. The rocket will lift off at 10:06 a.m. local time (8:06 a.m. EST / 13:06 GMT) Nov. 17 from the ELA-3 launch pad at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Ariane 5 launches GSAT-18, Sky Muster II commsats

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 5th, 2016

    An Ariane 5 booster has successfully lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana, at 5:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. EDT; 20:30 GMT) on Wednesday, Oct. 5, carrying a duo of communications satellites. The mission, designated VA231 in Arianespace’s numbering system, was launched from the Ariane Launch Complex № 3 (ELA-3).

  • Iffy weather delays Ariane 5 launch

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 4th, 2016

    The launch of the Ariane 5 rocket with GSAT-18 and Sky Muster II communications satellites has been delayed due to unfavorable weather conditions. The mission, designated VA231, was expected to liftoff at 5:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. EDT; 20:30 GMT) on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from ELA-3 in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Ariane 5 to send a duo of communications satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 2nd, 2016

    Arianespace is all set to conduct its eighth mission of the year – sending two communications satellites into space atop its workhorse Ariane 5 booster. Liftoff will take place from ELA-3 in Kourou, French Guiana. The 45-minute launch window starts at 5:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. EDT; 20:30 GMT) on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

  • Vega launcher sends PerúSAT-1 and four SkySat satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 16th, 2016

    Arianespace has successfully conducted its seventh mission of the year on Thursday, Sept. 15, sending PerúSAT-1 spacecraft and four SkySat micro-satellites into space atop a Vega launcher. The rocket lifted off at 10:43 p.m. local time on Sept. 15 (9:43 p.m. EDT; 1:43 GMT on Sept. 16), from the Vega Launch Complex (SLV) in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Vega launcher to orbit five satellites on its seventh mission

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 14th, 2016

    Arianespace is gearing up for the seventh launch of the Vega rocket in its series, which will place into orbit PerúSAT-1 and four SkySat satellites. The launcher is scheduled to lift off from the Vega Launch Complex (SLV) in Kourou, French Guiana, at 10:43 p.m. local time on Sept. 15 (9:43 p.m. EDT; 1:43 GMT on Sept. 16).

  • Ariane 5 lofts two communications satellites for Intelsat

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 24th, 2016

    Thundering off the launch pad at Kourou in French Guiana, an Ariane 5 booster took to the skies on Wednesday, Aug. 24, to deliver the Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 communications satellites into orbit. The mission, designated VA232 in Arianespace’s numbering system, lifted off at 5:55 p.m. EDT (21:55 GMT) from the Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3).

  • Arianespace to launch two Intelsat communications satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 22nd, 2016

    Arianespace is in the final stage of preparations to conduct its sixth mission of the year by launching two Intelsat communications satellites into orbit on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The spacecraft, designated Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36, will take to the skies from the Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) in Kourou, French Guiana, atop an Ariane 5 booster. The launch window starts at 5:55 p.m. EDT (21:55 GMT) and extends for 45 minutes.

  • Launch of Ariane 5 carrying EchoStar 18 and BRIsat delayed till June 16

    Jose FloresJune 8th, 2016

    The launch of Ariane 5 mission VA230 was delayed from Wednesday, June 8, to Thursday, June 16, due to an anomaly that occurred with a fluid connector between the cryogenic upper stage and the launch table during the rollout to the launch pad.

  • Ariane 5 set to launch two communications satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 7th, 2016

    On Wednesday, June 8, Arianespace is slated to conduct its fifth mission of 2016 by sending two satellites into space. The spacecraft will be launched atop an Ariane 5 booster between 4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. EDT (20:30 and 21:15 GMT) from ELA-3 at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Arianespace announces busy 2016 launch manifest

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 8th, 2016

    European commercial launch provider Arianespace has announced this week a busy 2016 launch manifest, targeting up to 11 missions this year. The company plans to conduct a record number of eight flights of its workhorse Ariane 5 heavy-lift vehicle. This year's launch schedule also includes two launches of the lightweight Vega rocket, and one using the medium-lift Soyuz booster.

  • Soyuz ST-B booster sends two more Galileo navigation satellites to orbit

    Jason RhianDecember 17th, 2015

    European Launch Service Provider Arianespace launched two more Galileo navigational satellites – "Andriana” and “Liene” – on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The firm used a Soyuz ST-B booster to lift the FM08 and FM09 satellites off the launch pad located at the Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 11:51 GMT.

  • LISA Pathfinder mission set to launch on ESA’s Vega rocket

    Jason RhianNovember 30th, 2015

    Arianespace, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), has a Vega rocket poised ready for a planned December 2, 2015, launch from Kourou, French Guiana. The payload for this flight is the LISA Pathfinder, formerly known as Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology-2 (SMART-2) spacecraft.