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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ESA launches 10th Vega rocket

    Christopher PaulAugust 2nd, 2017

    A Vega rocket delivered two satellites to orbit at 9:58 p.m. EDT on Aug. 1 (01:58 GMT Aug. 2), 2017, from the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Vega launch complex in Kourou, French Guiana. This was the 10th flight of the small, solid-fueled launch vehicle, which included improvements in its payload fairing and launch pad design.

  • Arianespace delivers all-electric SES-15 to GTO on Flight VS17

    Curt GodwinMay 18th, 2017

    French multinational launch provider Arianespace continues to successfully clear its mission backlog induced by the "social movement" in French Guiana earlier in 2017. The company's Europeanized Soyuz ST-A medium-class rocket took to the skies with the SES-15 communications satellite at 7:54 a.m. EDT (11:54 GMT) May 18, 2017, from the Guiana Space Center in South America.

  • Good to go for GTO: Soyuz to launch SES-15 satellite from French Guiana

    Curt GodwinMay 16th, 2017

    Arianespace's Europeanized variant of the workhorse Russian Soyuz rocket stands ready to launch the SES-15 telecommunications satellite. The medium-class launch vehicle, known for decades of reliable launches to low-Earth orbit, is being tapped for its second mission to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) from the Guiana Space Center.

  • Vive la resolution!: French Guiana protests end, spaceport operations resume

    Curt GodwinApril 24th, 2017

    More than a month into a "social movement" that halted Arianespace launches, an agreement between French politicians and Guianan MPs has cleared the way for the France-based multinational launch provider to resume flights from the South American spaceport.

  • Guiana Space Centre Director meets with protesters as demonstrations continue

    Jason RhianApril 5th, 2017

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Protests continued at the Guiana Space Centre with the unveiling of a sculpture of a fist, which was used as a symbol of protesters' struggle. SpaceFlight Insider spoke with workers attending this rally who said they would march toward the Centre to meet Didier Faivre, the Centre's director.

  • Strikes in French Guiana halt launches at Guiana Space Centre

    Bart LeahyMarch 29th, 2017

    KOUROU, French Guiana — Mass protests, driven by unions and public outcry over crime rates and unemployment issues, have shut down operations at France’s Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. While space exploration is not a central issue in the protests, union members have gone on strike at the spaceport to call attention to the problems facing the French department.

  • ‘Social movement’ continues to delay Ariane 5 launch

    Derek RichardsonMarch 23rd, 2017

    Arianespace has delayed the flight of its Ariane 5 rocket for a third day in a row due to a “social movement” at the Guiana Space Centre. The company has not set a new launch date. The mission, dubbed VA236, is set to send two communications satellites to geostationary transfer orbit.

  • Vega flight VV09 sends Sentinel-2B satellite to space

    Curt GodwinMarch 7th, 2017

    Cloudy skies posed no issue as Arianespace's Vega launch vehicle successfully delivered its Sentinel-2B payload into orbit on Flight VV09.

  • Sentinel-2B satellite set for launch atop European Vega rocket

    Curt GodwinMarch 5th, 2017

    Arianespace, a France-based multinational commercial launch provider, is in the final stages of readying its Vega rocket to send the Sentinel-2B Earth-observation satellite into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO).

  • Arianespace preps 2 satellites for launch atop workhorse Ariane 5

    Curt GodwinFebruary 13th, 2017

    With its Launch Readiness Review complete, Arianespace continues to make preparations to launch its first Ariane 5 rocket of 2017. The delivery into space of two communications satellites, SKY Brasil-1 and Telkom 3S, is scheduled for the beginning of an 86-minute launch window that opens at 4:39 p.m. EST (21:39 GMT) on Feb. 14, 2017.

  • Arianespace successfully launches Hispasat 36W-1, pushes Soyuz to its limits

    Curt GodwinJanuary 28th, 2017

    Nailing the opening of an instantaneous launch window, a Russian-built Soyuz ST-B lifted off from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana for Arianespace on a mission to deliver the Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).