Category Archives: Guiana Space Center

Intelsat-33E and Intelsat-36 delivered to space during VA232 !

On August 24, 2016 at 22:17 GMT Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from Guiana Space Center in its 231st flight, with two communication satellites under payload fairing: Intelsat-33E by Boeing and Intelsat-36 by SSL. Both spacecraft will enhance offer of American Intelsat Company over Europe, Africa and South Asia. It was fourth launch by Arianespace in…
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Japanese bad luck – DSN-1 satellite arrived broken to French Guiana !

It seems that Japanese space program is out of luck in 2016. After Hitomi failure on March we have another accident with Japanese spacecraft.  According to Spacenews.com, Japanese communication satellite DSN-1, with launch on atop of Ariane 5 scheduled for 26th July 2016 was delivered to Kourou, French Guiana by plane in the middle of…
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FM10 & FM11 on the orbit !

276th mission by Arianespace finished with success - both FM10 & FM11 Galileo satellites reached their planned orbit. European Space Agency put this mission in the addition to Galileo launch schedule for 2016 thanks to decision of European Commission. Both satellites were contracted for OHB System as main contractor and for SSTL as payload contractor. ESA signed agreement with…
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Galileo satellites waiting for VS15 launch already on 24th May 2016

Next mission under Galileo program - Soyuz-2.1b is during the last preparations before launch planned for Tuesday, 24th May 2016. This weekend will be quite busy for specialists from European Space Agency and Arianespace who are working in Guiana Space Center.  VS15 mission which covers launch of the Soyuz-2.1b and deploying 13th and 14th satellites is getting…
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First launch of Soyuz-2.1A from French Guiana with Sentinel-1B set for today !

Due the poor weather conditions launch was postponed for today and is set to launch window starting at 21:02 GMT today. UPDATE: launched was postponed to Sunday, 24th April 2016 due the bad weather in French Guiana Space Center. Arianespace is targeting for today to reach LEO orbit during VS14 flight with their Soyuz-2.1A equipped with Fregat upper stage. This time…
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Italian job – Vega delivered Turkish military satellite to orbit

Less famous comparing to Ariane opr Soyuz, but still reliable and useful for certain kind of missions; today's launch of Vega rocket showed, that Italian space industry still has something to say. It was 8th mission with manufactured by Italian Avio Vega rocket and second launch of this Italian rocket operated by Arianespace in 2016.…
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