Processing Begins in French Guiana for Mid-December Ariane 5 Mission

The cryotechnic main stage and its French-built Vulcain-2 engine are raised to the vertical in the Launcher Integration Building (BIL) at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Launch of Flight VA-216 is scheduled for mid-December. Photo Credit: CNES/Arianespace

It has been a busy year for Arianespace—the French-led launch services organization, which […]

Liftoff! Ariane 5 Rocket Delivers Eutelsat 25B/Es'hail-1 and GSAT-7 Satellites into Orbit

Today’s launch was the 71st flight of an Ariane 5 and the 57th straight successful launch for the giant booster. Photo Credit: ESA – CNES Arianespace Optique video du CSG JM Guillon

Europe’s giant Ariane 5 has triumphantly completed its fourth mission of 2013, blasting off with perfection from the ELA-3 (Ensemble de […]

Success as 70th Ariane 5 Delivers Alphasat and Insat-3D Perfectly into Orbit

The VA-214 stack undergoes final checks on the ELA-3 pad, ahead of today’s liftoff. Photo Credit: Arianespace

For the third time this year, another mammoth Ariane 5 booster has delivered a payload perfectly into orbit. Mission VA-214, the 214th flight by Arianespace’s rocket family since the maiden voyage of Ariane 1 in December […]

Ariane 5 Primed to Launch Europe's Alphasat and India's Insat-3D Satellites

The Ariane 5 rocket, pictured shortly before the launch of the ATV-4 mission in June, will fly Arianespace’s 214th mission on Thursday. Photo Credit: Arianespace

Less than two months since the rousing launch of the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-4 “Albert Einstein,” another mammoth Ariane 5 booster stands ready at the Guiana Space Centre […]