Arianespace Ready to Launch Ninth Mission of 2014 on Thursday, 16 October

Mission VA-220 will be powered uphill by the Vulcain-2 engine of the cryotechnic main stage and twin side-mounted solid-fuelled rocket boosters. Photo Credit: ESA – CNES Arianespace Optique video du CSG JM Guillon

For the fifth time in 2014, Arianespace is readying one of its mammoth Ariane 5 boosters to deliver a heavyweight […]

Ariane 5 Set to Launch Long-Delayed Measat-3B and Optus-10 Mission on Thursday

The ogive-shaped payload fairing is lowered over the Measat-3B satellite in readiness for Mission VA-218. Photo Credit: Arianespace

For the fourth time in 2014, Arianespace is readying one of its mammoth Ariane 5 boosters to deliver a heavyweight payload into orbit. After numerous delays, Mission VA-218—the 75th flight by an Ariane 5 and […]

Europe's Ariane 5 Successfully Launches Final ATV Cargo Ship to Space Station

The Ariane 5 turns night into day with a dazzling liftoff at 8:47:46 p.m. GFT (7:47:46 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, 29 July. Photo Credit: Arianespace

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) is presently en-route to the International Space Station (ISS), following a rousing launch atop a mighty […]

Ariane 5 Successfully Launches Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A Satellites

Arianespace’s venerable launcher begins its 59th consecutive successful mission with the rousing liftoff of Mission VA-216. Photo Credit: Arianespace

Despite slightly overcast skies, Ariane 5’s 96-percent success record continues to stay strong following tonight’s rousing launch of the Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A communications satellites by Mission VA-216 from the Guiana Space Centre […]

Ariane 5 Poised to Launch Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A Satellites in Friday Mission

The livery for Mission VA-216, scheduled for launch on Friday, 21 March, is affixed to the side of the booster. Photo Credit: Arianespace

More than three months later than originally planned, Arianespace—the Paris, France-headquartered launch services organization—is poised to deliver the Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A communications satellites into geostationary transfer orbit on […]

Ariane 5 Successfully Delivers Athena-Fidus and ABS-2 Satellites to Orbit

Technicians position the ABS-2 satellite atop the SYLDA, preparatory to installing the payload shroud. Photo Credit: Arianespace

Arianespace, the Paris-headquartered launch services organization, which operates the small Vega, medium Soyuz and giant Ariane 5 boosters out of the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, has triumphantly kicked off an impressive salvo of […]

The Zero Gravity Coffee Cup

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Video courtesy of Science at NASA

High above our planet in the realm of satellites and space stations, the familiar rules of Earth do not apply. The midday sky is as black as night. There is no up and no down. Dropped objects do not fall, and hot air does […]

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 […]

Cover Breaks Off ISS, Floats Past

Image Credit: NASA

On August 19, International Space Station (ISS) astronaut Chris Cassidy reported an unidentified object floating past the window. The last time an ISS crewmember spotted something unusual out the window, it was small frozen flakes from a serious ammonia leak that spawned rapid mobilization of an unscheduled extravehicular activity. This […]

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 […]