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  • Ariane 5 deploys 2 communications satellites

    Lloyd CampbellFebruary 5th, 2019

    In the first of a dozen or so missions for Arianespace in 2019, an Ariane 5 rocket sent two communication satellites into a geostationary transfer orbit.

  • 1st Ariane 5 launch of 2019 to orbit 2 satellites

    Lloyd CampbellFebruary 3rd, 2019

    The first of five scheduled Ariane 5 rocket launches in 2019 is slated to carry two telecommunications satellites into geostationary orbit above the Earth.

  • Vega-C rocket solid rocket motor tested in French Guiana

    Jason RhianJanuary 29th, 2019

    The vast jungles of French Guiana echoed with the sounds of a different type of thunder other than the natural kind on Monday Jan. 28. An artificial roar was generated by a solid rocket motor that is planned for use on the Vega-C rocket Arianespace is developing to launch upcoming missions.

  • Notes on the run: Embrace the suck

    Jason RhianDecember 30th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- One of the things you have to get accustomed to when covering the space program is when things go wrong. Weather, idiotic boat captains, "out of family" sensor data, bad mouse food - you never know what, or who, might creep in to complicate what should be a simple process.

  • Arianespace’s 2018 launch manifest closes with CSO-1 flight

    Jason RhianDecember 19th, 2018

    Arianespace's final flight of the year, that of the CSO-1 concluded the French-based company's 2018 launch manifest as well as provide greater security. It lifted off a little later than planned, but helped cap a successful year for the Paris-based firm.

  • A day of scrubs: No flights today for SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace or ULA – UPDATE

    Jason RhianDecember 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Today wasn't the most productive for Arianespace, SpaceX, Blue Origin or ULA. Attempts to launch four missions all ended with the rockets and their payloads safe - but on the ground.

  • Arianespace launches two geosynchronous satellites to orbit

    Joe LatrellDecember 4th, 2018

    Arianespace successfully launched flight VA246 carrying geosynchronous satellites for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) from its facility in French Guiana.

  • Vega launches Earth-observing satellite for Morocco

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 21st, 2018

    Using Europe’s light-lift Vega launcher, Arianespace orbited the Mohammed VI-B Earth-observing satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco.

  • Soyuz ST-B launches from French Guiana with Europe’s Metop-C weather satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 6th, 2018

    Arianespace made use of a Russian-built Soyuz ST-B rocket to launch the Metop-C spacecraft into a polar orbit for EUMETSAT.

  • Ariane 5 rocket begins BepiColombo’s journey to Mercury

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 19th, 2018

    Lighting up the skies above the jungles of French Guiana, an Ariane 5 rocket sent a multi-faceted and international mission on its way to the planet Mercury.

  • 100th flight of Ariane 5 rocket orbits 2 telecommunications satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 25th, 2018

    KOUROU, French Guiana -- Europe’s flagship heavy-lift Ariane 5 rocket flew to space for the 100th time in history on Tuesday, delivering the Horizons 3e and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 telecommunications satellites into orbit.

  • Vega soars into the sky with ESA’s Aeolus wind-monitoring satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 22nd, 2018

    Arianespace successfully sent Europe’s wind-monitoring satellite named Aeolus to orbit on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The France-based firm used the smallest launch vehicle in its catalog, Vega, to carry out the first part of Aeolus's mission underway.

  • 4 Galileo navigation satellites sent aloft by Ariane 5

    Heather SmithJuly 25th, 2018

    After a nearly four-month-long mission gap, Arianespace launched an Ariane 5 ES rocket from its South American spaceport in French Guiana to send four Galileo navigation satellites into orbit for Europe’s global navigation satellite system.

  • BepiColombo spacecraft arrives at Kourou launch site

    Christopher PaulMay 2nd, 2018

    Europe’s first mission to Mercury is making the first steps on its long journey. The three spacecraft that make up BepiColombo mission are being shipped from their assembly facility to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Launch of GSAT-11 delayed as satellite shipped back to India

    Jason RhianApril 25th, 2018

    The flight of the Indian GSAT-11 satellite has been pushed back to an undetermined date. The spacecraft had arrived March 28, 2018, in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for a launch atop an Ariane 5 rocket, but has now been shipped back to India.