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Ariane 5 ECA delivered two communication satellites during VA231 mission

Arianespace conducted successfully another launch of their Ariane 5 ECA rocket. It delivered to GTO orbit two communication satellites with total weight of over 9500 kg (10663 kg including payload adapters) after 35 minutes of flight. It was 8th mission by Arianespace and 5th launch of Ariane 5 in 2016. Originally launch was planned for October…
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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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Ariane 5 flight postponed from 8th June 2016 07:30 GMT with TBD status

Launch planned by Arianespace for 8th June 2016 was postponed and its present status is "to be decided". Payload, two satellites: EchoStar-18 and BRIsat remain secured.  VA230 flight, fifth launch by Arianespace and third mission of Ariane 5 launch vehicle in 2016 was officially postponed today in the morning. New launch date was not unveiled, but Arianespace assured…
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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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Soyuz-2.1B with 13th and 14th Galileo satellites within hours !

Second mission of Soyuz-2.1B in 2016 from Guiana Space Center was scheduled for 08:48 GMT; it seems that nothing (of course apart from the weather – heavy rain is predicted for tomorrow in Kourou) will interrupt lifting two satellites under program of Galileo navigation system: Galileo Full Operational Capability FM10 and FM11. Two satellites designed and manufactured by  OHB…
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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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Sentinel-1B finally on orbit !

Fourth time was lucky for Arianespace and ESA. Sentinel-1B after breathtaking launch reached designated orbit and confirmed its perfect condition. Arianespace gave all of us beautiful spectacle with spectacular VS14 flight, first launch of the Soyuz-2.1a from Guiana Space Center in 2016. After two attempts were halted due the poor weather condition and third was…
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