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News Archive / Tagged: Ariane 5

  • Ariane 5 returns to flight with launch of two satellites

    Joe LatrellApril 6th, 2018

    The latest launch of an Ariane 5 rocket took place today at 21:34 UTC (5:34 p.m. EDT) from the company's launch complex in French Guiana. The Ariane 5 lifted off from Guiana Space Center (GSG) carrying two satellites to orbit. Today’s flight saw the release of both the DSN-1/Superbird-8 satellite as well as the HYLAS 4 spacecraft.

  • Lockheed Martin begins assembling Japanese JCSAT-17 communications satellite

    Jason RhianMarch 11th, 2018

    Lockheed Martin's assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) team has begun the assembly of the JCSAT-17 communications satellite, which is slated to launch atop an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, sometime in 2019.

  • 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.

  • Ariane 5 pulls double duty launching two comsats from Kourou

    Bart LeahySeptember 29th, 2017

    Shortly after sunset on September 29, 2017, in Kourou, French Guiana, an Arianespace Ariane 5 lofted 23,894 pounds (10,838 kilograms) of payload into space in the form of two communications satellites. The Intelsat 37e satellite will support Africa, Europe, Central Africa, and Latin America, while the BSAT-4a satellite will provide Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in Japan.

  • Update: Arianespace investigates cause of Ariane 5 launch abort

    Jim SharkeySeptember 14th, 2017

    Arianespace recently released a preliminary analysis of the post-ignition launch abort of an Ariane 5 rocket carrying two communications satellites. The mission, designated flight VA239, was scheduled for liftoff at 5:51 p.m. EDT (21:51 GMT) Sept. 5, 2017, from the Guiana Space Centre in South America.

  • Ariane 5 aborts moments after engine ignition

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 5th, 2017

    It was an otherwise smooth countdown. An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket was poised to launch two communications satellites into orbit, but moments after the ignition of the vehicle's main engine, the onboard computer triggered an abort. Liftoff was planned for 5:51 p.m. EDT (21:51 GMT) Sept. 5, 2017.

  • Ariane 5 to launch 2 satellites to geostationary transfer orbit

    Bart LeahySeptember 4th, 2017

    For the fifth time in 2017, Arianespace will send an Ariane 5 rocket into space. The flight will orbit commercial communication satellites for two international customers: Intelsat and Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT), a leading broadcasting satellite operator in Japan.

  • 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).