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 […]

Ariane 5 Stands Ready for Fourth Mission of 2013

The Ariane 5 rocket, pictured shortly before the launch of the ATV-4 mission in June, will fly Arianespace’s 215th mission on Thursday. Photo Credit: Arianespace

For the fourth time this year, Europe’s giant Ariane 5 booster stands primed and ready at the ELA-3 (Ensemble de Lancement Ariane) launch complex at the Guiana Space […]