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  • Four O3b satellites successfully launched atop Arianespace Souyz ST-B

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 10th, 2014

    At 2:55 PM (18:55 GMT) today, four O3b satellites lifted off from the Kourou Spaceport in French Guiana atop an Arianespace Soyuz ST-B. The mission delivered a new installation of O3b Networks’ space-based constellation of satellites designed to supply internet services and telecommunications with a fiber-optic network. 

  • Arianspace launches Vega rocket, sending DZZ-HR spacecraft to orbit

    Jason RhianApril 29th, 2014

    The jungles surrounding the Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana trembled as one of Arianespace’s Vega boosters roared to fiery life and sent the Republic of Kazakhstan’s DZZ-HR spacecraft to orbit at 9:35:15 p.m. EDT (01:35:15 a.m GMT). Tonight’s launch attempt marked the second time that the launch team had worked to get the Vega off […]

  • Launch of DZZ-HR delayed due to umbilical issues with Vega booster – UPDATE

    Jason RhianApril 29th, 2014

    The launch of an Arianespace Vega rocket, which had been scheduled to take place on Monday, April 28 (Tuesday, April 29 in Europe) at 9:35 p.m. EDT, 1:35 GMT has been scrubbed due to an issue with the rocket’s umbilical systems. Vega’s launch site is the spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana. Tonight’s launch would have […]

  • ESA’s Sentinel-1A satellite launched to image the Earth

    James TuttenApril 3rd, 2014

    Just a few hours after United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V rocket thundered off the pad in California, Arianespace successfully launched the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Sentinel-1A satellite on top of a Soyuz STA rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. Launching on time at 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST), marks the first installment of Sentinel satellites that […]

  • ESA’s Gaia space observatory takes to the sky

    David DarlingDecember 19th, 2013

    A spacecraft that promises to revolutionize our understanding of the galaxy in which we live has been successfully launched. The European Space Agency’s Gaia mission blasted off from the Guiana Space Center at 09:12:19 GMT (4:12:19 a.m. EST) atop a Soyuz/Fregat rocket and booster.

  • ESA’s Billion-star mapper Gaia prepares for launch

    David DarlingDecember 18th, 2013

    The European Space Agency’s (ESA) long-awaited Gaia observatory is set to be launched from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana by a Soyuz ST-B rocket with a Fregat-MT upper stage Dec. 19 at 09:12:19 UTC . The main goal of the mission is to build up a precise 3D catalog of about one billion stars and other […]