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Ariane 5 Booster Undergoes Test Fire
2012-05-26 03:00:24

An Ariane 5 solid-propellant booster was test-fired on Thursday, May 24 at Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana to help improve the reliability of Europe´s heavy launcher. The firing was performed in the booster engine stand, specifically designed for the vertical testing of motors at the site. The motor burned for about 135 seconds, simulating the firing time during an Ariane 5 flight, and delivered a mean thrust of 700 t. One of the goals was to prove new, thinner thermal...

Ariane 5’s Fifth Launch Of 2011
2011-09-21 23:50:49

    This evening, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, Arabsat-5C and SES-2, into their planned transfer orbits. Liftoff of flight VA204, the 60th Ariane 5 mission, came at 23:38 CEST (21:38 GMT; 18:38 French Guiana). The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 249.6 km, an apogee altitude at injection of 35 957 km and an inclination of 2º. The satellites...

2009-10-30 07:00:00

Last night, an Ariane 5 ECA launcher lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on a journey to place two telecommunications satellites, NSS-12 and Thor 6, into geostationary transfer orbits. Flight V192 was the sixth Ariane 5 launch of 2009 and the fourth dual-payload mission. Liftoff of the 48th Ariane 5 mission took place at the start of the launch window: 21:00 CET (20:00 UTC; 17:00 French Guiana). The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 250 km, an apogee altitude at...

2008-07-08 09:00:53

Ariane rocket carrying two satellites launches successfully PARIS, July 8 (Xinhua) -- An Ariane 5 ECA rocket with two telecom satellites on board blasted off from Europe's Spaceport at Kourou, in French Guiana, on Monday night. The rocket carrying ProtoStar I and Badr-6 took off at 2153 GMT Monday and the satellites were successfully inserted into a temporary orbit about 30 minutes later. They will enter geosynchronous orbit in a few days' time, according to a live broadcast by...

2005-11-12 18:48:51

KOUROU, French Guiana (Reuters) - A technical hitch delayed Saturday's blast-off from French Guiana of a heavy-lift version of Europe's Ariane-5 rocket that was to have launched two commercial satellites, space officials said. Officials of the Arianespace rocket launch company said the mission was postponed. They did not give a new launch date. But sources at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou on the northeast coast of South America told Reuters a new launch attempt would be made...

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