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  • Iffy weather delays Ariane 5 launch

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 4th, 2016

    The launch of the Ariane 5 rocket with GSAT-18 and Sky Muster II communications satellites has been delayed due to unfavorable weather conditions. The mission, designated VA231, was expected to liftoff at 5:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. EDT; 20:30 GMT) on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from ELA-3 in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Ariane 5 to send a duo of communications satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 2nd, 2016

    Arianespace is all set to conduct its eighth mission of the year – sending two communications satellites into space atop its workhorse Ariane 5 booster. Liftoff will take place from ELA-3 in Kourou, French Guiana. The 45-minute launch window starts at 5:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. EDT; 20:30 GMT) on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

  • Vega launcher sends PerúSAT-1 and four SkySat satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 16th, 2016

    Arianespace has successfully conducted its seventh mission of the year on Thursday, Sept. 15, sending PerúSAT-1 spacecraft and four SkySat micro-satellites into space atop a Vega launcher. The rocket lifted off at 10:43 p.m. local time on Sept. 15 (9:43 p.m. EDT; 1:43 GMT on Sept. 16), from the Vega Launch Complex (SLV) in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Vega launcher to orbit five satellites on its seventh mission

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 14th, 2016

    Arianespace is gearing up for the seventh launch of the Vega rocket in its series, which will place into orbit PerúSAT-1 and four SkySat satellites. The launcher is scheduled to lift off from the Vega Launch Complex (SLV) in Kourou, French Guiana, at 10:43 p.m. local time on Sept. 15 (9:43 p.m. EDT; 1:43 GMT on Sept. 16).

  • Ariane 5 lofts two communications satellites for Intelsat

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 24th, 2016

    Thundering off the launch pad at Kourou in French Guiana, an Ariane 5 booster took to the skies on Wednesday, Aug. 24, to deliver the Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 communications satellites into orbit. The mission, designated VA232 in Arianespace’s numbering system, lifted off at 5:55 p.m. EDT (21:55 GMT) from the Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3).

  • Arianespace to launch two Intelsat communications satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 22nd, 2016

    Arianespace is in the final stage of preparations to conduct its sixth mission of the year by launching two Intelsat communications satellites into orbit on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The spacecraft, designated Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36, will take to the skies from the Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) in Kourou, French Guiana, atop an Ariane 5 booster. The launch window starts at 5:55 p.m. EDT (21:55 GMT) and extends for 45 minutes.

  • Launch of Ariane 5 carrying EchoStar 18 and BRIsat delayed till June 16

    Jose FloresJune 8th, 2016

    The launch of Ariane 5 mission VA230 was delayed from Wednesday, June 8, to Thursday, June 16, due to an anomaly that occurred with a fluid connector between the cryogenic upper stage and the launch table during the rollout to the launch pad.

  • Ariane 5 set to launch two communications satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 7th, 2016

    On Wednesday, June 8, Arianespace is slated to conduct its fifth mission of 2016 by sending two satellites into space. The spacecraft will be launched atop an Ariane 5 booster between 4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. EDT (20:30 and 21:15 GMT) from ELA-3 at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Arianespace announces busy 2016 launch manifest

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 8th, 2016

    European commercial launch provider Arianespace has announced this week a busy 2016 launch manifest, targeting up to 11 missions this year. The company plans to conduct a record number of eight flights of its workhorse Ariane 5 heavy-lift vehicle. This year's launch schedule also includes two launches of the lightweight Vega rocket, and one using the medium-lift Soyuz booster.

  • Soyuz ST-B booster sends two more Galileo navigation satellites to orbit

    Jason RhianDecember 17th, 2015

    European Launch Service Provider Arianespace launched two more Galileo navigational satellites – "Andriana” and “Liene” – on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The firm used a Soyuz ST-B booster to lift the FM08 and FM09 satellites off the launch pad located at the Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 11:51 GMT.

  • LISA Pathfinder mission set to launch on ESA’s Vega rocket

    Jason RhianNovember 30th, 2015

    Arianespace, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), has a Vega rocket poised ready for a planned December 2, 2015, launch from Kourou, French Guiana. The payload for this flight is the LISA Pathfinder, formerly known as Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology-2 (SMART-2) spacecraft.

  • Arianespace successfully launches ARABSAT-6B and GSAT-15 satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 10th, 2015

    Arianespace successfully sent a pair of satellites into orbit on Tuesday, using the company’s flagship Ariane 5 launcher. The rocket, carrying the ARABSAT-6B and GSAT-15 spacecraft, lifted off at 4:34 p.m. EDT (21:34 GMT) from the Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) at Europe’s spaceport, located in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Arianespace ready to launch ARABSAT-6B and GSAT-15 satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 9th, 2015

    Arianespace is ready to launch its 10th mission this year on Tuesday, Nov. 10, using the company’s workhorse launcher – the Ariane 5. The mission, designated VA227, will deliver the ARABSAT-6B and GSAT-15 satellites into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). The 43-minute launch window opens at 4:34 p.m. EDT (21:34 GMT).

  • Ariane 5 rocket sends two communications satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 30th, 2015

    An Ariane 5 rocket successfully launched on Wednesday, Sept. 30, with a pair of communications satellites for Argentina and Australia. Designated flight VA226, lift-off took place at 4:30 p.m. EDT (20:30 GMT) from the Ariane Launch Area 3 at the European spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Arianespace set to launch Argentinian and Australian satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 29th, 2015

    Arianespace company is readying its Ariane 5 booster to launch a pair of telecommunications satellites for Argentina and Australia. The liftoff is scheduled to take place between 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. EDT (20:30 and 22:15 GMT) on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from the Ariane Launch Area 3 at the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.