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  • 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.

  • Arianespace to launch two communication satellites for Brazil and Japan

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 19th, 2016

    Arianespace is gearing up for its last orbital mission of the year that will see two communication satellites lifting off atop an Ariane 5 booster. The rocket, carrying Brazil’s Star One D1 and JCSAT-15 for Japan, will liftoff on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 5:30 p.m. local time (20:30 GMT / 3:30 p.m. EST).

  • Vega Rocket carries Göktürk-1 into orbit

    Jose FloresDecember 5th, 2016

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Like an arrow shot into the sky, a Vega rocket leapt off the pad at Guyana Space Center's Vega Launch Complex (SLV), carrying the Göktürk-1 into orbit. Arianespace's tenth mission of the year, designated VV08, took off on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at 13:51 GMT and successfully inserted Göktürk-1 into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) at 14:49 GMT.

  • 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).