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launch of Ariane 5 flight VA216
2014-03-25 05:49:47

[ Watch the Video: Ariane 5 Flight VA216 Launch ] European Space Agency An Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecom satellites, Astra-5B and Amazonas-4A, into their planned transfer orbits. Liftoff of flight VA216 occurred at 22:04 GMT (23:04 CET; 19:04 French Guiana). The target geostationary transfer orbit had a perigee altitude of 250 km, an apogee altitude of 35 736 km and an inclination of 3° to the equator....

Ariane 6 Set To Move To Next Stage Of Development
2013-11-14 07:05:58

ESA The preliminary requirements for Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 launcher have been agreed and the project is set to move on to the next stage. In November 2012, the ESA Council at Ministerial level, meeting in Naples, Italy, approved the start of preparatory activities for Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 launch vehicle. The objective of Ariane 6 is to guarantee autonomous access to space for Europe, serving European institutional missions, without requiring public...

Perfect Mission Comes To A Fiery End For ATV Albert Einstein
2013-11-04 11:25:46

ESA ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ferry, Albert Einstein, completed its five-month mission to the International Space Station by reentering the atmosphere today and burning up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean. Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) are the most complex space vehicles ever developed in Europe and are the largest and most capable resupply ships to dock with the Space Station. At 20 tons, ATV-4 set the record for the heaviest...

Fourth Launch Of 2013 For Arian 5
2013-08-30 10:03:48

[ Watch The Video - Liftoff of Ariane 5 with EUTELSAT 25B/Es’hail 1 and GSAT-7 ] ESA This evening, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two communications satellites, Eutelsat 25B/Es’hail 1 and GSAT-7, into their planned geostationary transfer orbits. Liftoff of flight VA215 occurred at 20:30 GMT (22:30 CET; 17:30 French Guiana) at the opening of the launch window. The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude...

2013-08-30 00:20:34

DOHA, Qatar, KOURO, French Guiana and PARIS, August 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- -- Eutelsat and Es'hailSat joint satellite on course for 25.5degree(s) East to serve users across Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and Es'hailSat announce that their jointly owned EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 satellite was successfully launched tonight by an Ariane 5 rocket and is on course for geostationary orbit. Lift-off of the Ariane rocket...

2013-07-29 08:28:52

PARIS, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The EUTELSAT 25B satellite of Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) has arrived at the European spaceport in French Guiana and is now in final stages of preparation for launch by an Ariane 5 vehicle on August 29. Built by Space Systems/Loral [http://www.ssloral.com ] (SSL) this high-power, multi-mission satellite is jointly owned by Eutelsat and Es'hailSat from Qatar. It will be operated at the 25.5degree(s) East orbital...

2013-07-29 08:21:06

SSL-built satellite will serve two operators with TV broadcasting, telecommunications and government services PALO ALTO, CA, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the high power, multi-mission satellite it designed and built for Eutelsat Communications and Es'hailSat, has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it is planned for launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by...

Last Look At ATV-4 Before It Launches
2013-06-04 10:10:47

ESA Engineers look on as the Ariane 5 launcher fairing is lowered over ESA´s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), the largest and most sophisticated space ferry to supply the International Space Station. The smaller dark cylinder visible inside the white fairing is ATV Albert Einstein, the fourth spacecraft in the series that will be launched from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana tomorrow. This was the last time anybody on Earth will see ATV-4 directly and the last photograph...

ESA Vega Rocket Launch Successful, Three Payloads Deployed In Orbit
2013-05-07 08:19:42

[WATCH VIDEO: Vega Launch Sequence Replay] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a delayed launch due to strong wind conditions on Saturday May 4, ESA's Vega rocket lifted off early Tuesday (02:06 GMT May 7) on a complex mission to set three payloads into two different orbits. The ESA successfully launched the rocket from Europe´s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying Proba-V, VNREDSat-1 and ESTCube-1. Tuesday´s launch was the second mission...

2013-02-11 12:20:12

PALO ALTO, CA, Feb. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the Amazonas 3 multi-mission satellite, designed and built for HISPASAT Group, was launched on February 7, 2013 and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle provided by Arianespace from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French...