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2009-06-21 07:40:00

France is encouraging Europe to consider building a rocket launcher that would replace the Ariane 5 between 2020 and 2025, President Nicolas Sarkozy's office announced Saturday. Although the Ariane-5, which is considered cost-effective, has launched satellites for European telecoms operators, telescopes and scientific space observatories, the time is right to begin thinking about an Ariane 6, the president's office said in a statement. "(Sarkozy) hopes that the first studies will begin on...

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2008-12-21 08:15:00

Yesterday evening, an Ariane 5 ECA launcher lifted off from Europe's Spaceport at Kourou, in French Guiana, on its mission to place two multi-role telecommunications satellites into geostationary transfer orbits. Lift-off of flight V186 took place at 23:35 CET/Paris on 20 November (22:35 UTC/GMT; 19:35 UTC-3/Kourou). The satellites were accurately injected into the correct transfer orbits about 30 minutes later. The payload comprised Hot Birdâ“ž¢ 9, which will...

2005-11-16 22:50:58

By Laurent Marot KOUROU, French Guiana (Reuters) - A heavy-lift Ariane-5 rocket put two telecommunications satellites into orbit after a textbook launch from French Guiana late on Wednesday. The rocket -- capable of launching satellite payloads of up to 10 metric tons (22,000 lb) -- blasted-off from Europe's space base in Kourou on the northeast coast of South America at 8.46 p.m. (2346 GMT). The launch, repeatedly postponed last week because of technical problems, lit up the...

2005-11-16 22:50:00

By Laurent Marot KOUROU, French Guiana -- A heavy-lift Ariane-5 rocket put two telecommunications satellites into orbit after a textbook launch from French Guiana late on Wednesday. The rocket -- capable of launching satellite payloads of up to 10 metric tons (22,000 lb) -- blasted-off from Europe's space base in Kourou on the northeast coast of South America at 8.46 p.m. (2346 GMT). The launch, repeatedly postponed last week because of technical problems, lit up the equatorial night sky and...

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2005-05-31 12:20:00

ESA -- On May 31, 2005, the European Space Agency, whose Member States pool their resources to pursue common goals for space utilisation and research, turned 30. Thanks to an impressive mission record, the Agency has placed Europe and European industry at the forefront of space activities around the world. Yet, when it all started, a European success story in terms of space activities seemed far away. The world was divided up by the two superpowers into spheres of influence in which the...

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2005-02-11 15:15:16

PARIS (AFP) -- Europe is making a double throw of the dice on Saturday with a fresh attempt to launch a new super-rocket, the Ariane 5 ECA, from its space base in Kourou, French Guiana. More than half a billion euros (650 million dollars) and Europe's bid to rival the United States and Russia in the lucrative market for satellite launches will be riding on the mammoth rocket. "The consequences of a failure would be quite serious," Francois Auque, chief executive officer of EADS Space, the...


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