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  • Technical issue delays Sentinel-1B mission

    Derek RichardsonApril 24th, 2016

    KOUROU, French Guiana — After two delays due to unacceptable weather conditions, the third launch attempt of the Soyuz STA carrying the Sentinel-1B mission was called off about 45 minutes prior to liftoff due to a technical issue on the booster.

  • Weather delays Sentinel-1B mission again

    Jason RhianApril 23rd, 2016

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Weather conditions dipped into the red again in the jungles of Kourou, French Guiana, causing another slip of the Sentinel-1B mission. Liftoff had been slated for 6:02:13 GFT (5:02:13 p.m. EDT). This has now been pushed back an additional 24 hours due, yet again, to the weather.

  • Weather causes 24-hour delay for Soyuz-STA flight of Sentinel-1B

    Jason RhianApril 22nd, 2016

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Prior to the fueling of the Arianespace Soyuz-STA rocket, the technical review determined that the weather conditions at the launch site in Sinnamary, French Guiana, were not optimal and the launch has been delayed 24 hours.

  • Arianespace to launch Soyuz rocket with European satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 21st, 2016

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Arianespace is preparing to launch a set of European satellites designed for Earth observation, astrophysical research, and educational purposes. The spacecraft is scheduled to be sent on its way atop a Soyuz-STA rocket at 5:02 p.m. EDT (21:02 GMT) Friday, April 22, from the Soyuz Launch Complex.

  • ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission delayed

    Joe LatrellDecember 1st, 2015

    ESA has delayed their VV06 launch campaign for the flight of the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft. The Vega rocket to be used for the mission has developed an issue requiring engineering analysis before the launch can move forward. Launch had been slated for Dec. 2 at 21:00 GFT - it is unclear when the flight might occur.

  • Arianespace successfully launches two Galileo navigation satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 10th, 2015

    Two European Galileo satellites 9–10 are now on their way to a circular medium-Earth orbit after being successfully launched by the Soyuz ST-B rocket from Arianespace's launch site in Sinnamary, French Guiana.

  • Ariane 5 rocket lifts off with two communications satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 20th, 2015

    Arianespace successfully sent two communications satellites into space on Thursday, Aug. 20, using the company’s Ariane 5 heavy launcher. Liftoff occurred at 4:34 p.m. EDT (5:34 local time; 20:34 GMT) from the Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) in Kourou, French Guiana. It delivered the EUTELSAT 8 West B and Intelsat 34 comsats into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

  • Vega rocket readied for launch of Sentinel-2A Earth observation satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 21st, 2015

    An Arianespace Vega launch vehicle is slated to send the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Sentinel-2A Earth-observing satellite aloft at 9:52 p.m. EDT on June 22 (01:52 GMT on 23 June) from ESA’s spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana. The preparations for the flight, which was previously scheduled to take place on June 12, are in full swing […]

  • Ariane 5 rocket successfully launches DirecTV-15 and Sky Mexico-1 communications satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 27th, 2015

    An Ariane 5 rocket successfully launched two communications satellites on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 6:16 p.m. local time (5:16 p.m. EST) from Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) at the Spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana. This marked the 223rd Arianespace mission to date and was designated Ariane Flight VA223. The booster delivered […]

  • Arianespace set to launch DirecTV-15 and Sky Mexico-1 communications satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 25th, 2015

    Arianespace is ready to launch two communications satellites into orbit on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) at the Spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana. The flight is currently scheduled to take place between 6:16 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. local time (5:16 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. EST).

  • Two for two! Flight of Galileo navigational satellites marks dual launches of Soyuz booster

    Jason RhianMarch 27th, 2015

    It’s not every day that two rockets take to the sky. Even rarer is the flight of two of the same family of boosters during that same time frame. Today was just such a day for the Soyuz rocket. In fact, a mere two hours and four minutes after a NASA astronaut and two Russian […]

  • Next ESA Galileo satellites undergo fit checks in preparation for late March launch

    Jason RhianFebruary 19th, 2015

    The European Space Agency (ESA ) is preparing the third and fourth Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC ) satellites for a planned March 27 launch atop a Soyuz-2 booster. The next two Galileo navigation spacecraft have recently undergone what is known as a “fit check” with the mission’s dual-payload dispenser in French Guiana. Once the full […]

  • Latest ISS update reveals issue with spacesuits will delay U.S. spacewalks

    Collin SkocikAugust 9th, 2014

    Two spacewalks were scheduled for August 21st and 29th have been postponed until the SpaceX-4 commercial resupply services flight, which will deliver new Long Life Batteries to the International Space Station (ISS) in the fall.

  • ESA looks for an historic blaze of glory for final ATV-5 mission to ISS

    James TuttenJuly 30th, 2014

    The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to transmit interior views of destruction from a de-orbiting spacecraft when it concludes its fifth and final mission for their Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) early next year. ATV-5 successfully launched atop an Arianespace heavy-lift Ariane 5 rocket last night, July 29, at 8:44 p.m. GFT (23:44 GMT) from Guiana Space Centre ELA-3 […]

  • ESA’s heaviest spacecraft – Arianespace’s ATV-5 – set to launch to ISS

    Rae Botsford EndJuly 28th, 2014

    Arianespace, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA ), is planning to send up its fifth, and final, Automated Transfer Vehicle, ATV-5, to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday evening at precisely 8:44:03 p.m. GFT (23:44:03 GMT, 7:44:03 p.m. EDT) from Guiana Space Centre ELA-3 located in Kourou, French Guiana.