Ariane 5 Milestones
2016
November

November 17, 2016 November 17, 2016

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A double Ariane 5 achievement

Flight VA233 marks Ariane 5’s 75th success in a row – surpassing the 74 consecutive launch successes of its Ariane 4 predecessor. The mission also is the heavy-lift vehicle’s first at the service of Europe’s Galileo program, orbiting four of the navigation satellites.

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October

October 5, 2016 October 5, 2016

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74 success in a row!

Ariane 5 completes its 74th successful mission in a row, equaling a performance record set by the predecessor Ariane 4. This milestone Ariane 5 mission, designated Flight VA231, orbits the Sky Muster™ II satellite for Australian operator nbn (National Broadband Network) and the GSAT-18 satellite for the Indian space agency ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation).

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June

June 18, 2016 June 18, 2016

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Ariane 5 payload lift record

The Ariane 5 ECA sets a payload lift record to geostationary transfer orbit, lofting a total mass of 10,730 kg. This mission carries two satellites for operators in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region: EchoStar XVIII for the operator DISH Network L.L.C; and BRIsat for the Indonesian bank PT. Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.

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January

January 27, 2016 January 27, 2016

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70 consecutive successes

On Ariane 5’s 70th success in a row, the launcher orbits Intelsat 29e. It marks the 56th mission performed for Intelsat, continuing a partnership of more than 30 years.

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2014
July

July 29, 2014 July 29, 2014

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Launch success

The heavy-lift Ariane 5 workhorse orbits a record payload on Flight VA219, successfully placing the European Space Agency’s final Automated Transfer Vehicle – with a mass of more than 20 metric tons at liftoff – into a circular orbit. This launch also marks the 60th consecutive “mission accomplished” for Ariane 5 since 2003.

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February

February 6, 2014 February 6, 2014

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Launch success

Ariane 5’s Flight VA217 successfully lofts ABS-2 for global satellite operator ABS and the French-Italian Athena-Fidus from the Spaceport in French Guiana, marking Arianespace’s 250th launch with its family of Ariane, Vega and Soyuz-series vehicles.

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2013
December

December 14, 2013 December 14, 2013

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Acquisition

The contract for 18 additional Ariane 5 ECA launchers is signed by Arianespace with Astrium, following an agreement concluded earlier in the year for long-lead items on these vehicles. This latest batch will be available for missions starting in 2017.

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September

September 17, 2013 September 17, 2013

Eighteen more Ariane 5 ECA launchers are set to begin production, following an initial agreement between Arianespace and prime contractor Astrium – covering early production activities and long-lead items valued at more than 400 million euros. This is in addition to the 35 heavy-lift vehicles (PB batch) ordered in 2009.

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August

August 29, 2013 August 29, 2013

Ariane 5 orbits the first satellite for Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company – EUTELSAT 25B/Es’hail 1 – which is co-operated with Eutelsat Communications and joins the India’s GSAT-7 on the 57th consecutive successful mission for this heavy-lift workhorse.

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July

July 25, 2013 July 25, 2013

The 70th flight of Arianespace’s Ariane 5 heavy-lift workhorse carries Europe’s largest ever telecommunications satellite, Alphasat, along with India’s INSAT-3D meteorological spacecraft on a mission to geostationary transfer orbit.

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June

June 5, 2013 June 5, 2013

In lofting the fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle, Ariane 5 orbits its heaviest payload – delivering a total lift performance of 20,252 kg. to low Earth orbit.

February

February 7, 2013 February 7, 2013

Ariane 5 establishes a new record payload lift performance of 10,317 kg. to geostationary transfer orbit with its 2013 year-opening flight from the Spaceport, which deploys the Amazonas 3 and Azerspace/Africasat-1a telecommunications satellites.

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2012
December

December 19, 2012 December 19, 2012

Arianespace’s seventh and final Ariane 5 flight of 2012 deploys the Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites into orbit. Lifting off from the Spaceport in French Guiana, this mission marks Ariane 5's 53rd consecutive success.

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August

August 2, 2012 August 2, 2012

Ariane 5 marks its 50th consecutive mission success, further validating the heavy-lift launcher’s reliability and performance. This milestone mission carries the Intelsat 20 and HYLAS 2 satellites, and delivers a world-record performance of nearly 10.2 metric tons total mass launched to geostationary transfer orbit.

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May

May 15, 2012 May 15, 2012

With the JCSAT-13 and VINASAT-2 payloads orbited by Ariane 5 on Flight VA206, Arianespace surpasses its 300th mark for the total number of primary satellite passengers launched from French Guiana. This overall total does not include some 50 additional auxiliary or secondary payloads lofted on Arianespace flights.

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March

March 23, 2012 March 23, 2012

Arianespace’s third resupply mission with an Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) for the International Space Station delivers a record payload lift performance of over 20,000 kg.

2011
November

November 7, 2011 November 7, 2011

Parallel flight preparations are underway for the first time with all three members of Arianespace’s full launcher family operating from French Guiana – consisting of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium Soyuz and lightweight Vega. This activity at the Spaceport includes build-up of the Ariane 5 that will orbit Europe’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle in early 2012 for servicing of the International Space Station.

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October

October 24, 2011 October 24, 2011

Arianespace’s launcher family is a reality as operational versions of the Ariane 5, Vega and Soyuz are present for the first time in French Guiana, positioned for upcoming missions. A heavy-lift Ariane 5 for the VA205 mission with Europe’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle arrives from Europe aboard the MN Colibri sea-going ship, along with the no. 1 Vega for this lightweight launcher’s VV01 qualification flight in January 2012. They join a Soyuz that is being prepared for Arianespace’s second launch of the medium-lift vehicle from the Spaceport, which is scheduled for December 16, 2011.

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April

April 22, 2011 April 22, 2011

Ariane 5 sets a new heavyweight record, delivering a total lift performance of 10,050 kg. to geostationary transfer orbit while lofting satellites for two new Arianespace customers: Al Yah Satellite Communications Company’s Yahsat Y1A spacecraft; and Intelsat New Dawn, which was built for a joint venture of Intelsat and Convergence Partners.

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February

February 16, 2011 February 16, 2011

On the historic 200th flight of an Ariane family vehicle, an Ariane 5 ES version successfully orbits Europe’s second Automated Transfer Vehicle – which is the heaviest payload ever lofted by Arianespace’s workhorse launcher.

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2010
November

November 26, 2010 November 26, 2010

Ariane 5 logs its 40th consecutive success, orbiting INTELSAT 17 for the international satellite operator Intelsat and HYLAS 1 for the European operator Avanti Communications in a mission from the Spaceport.

June

June 26, 2010 June 26, 2010

Arabsat-5A is lofted by Ariane 5 as the seventh Arabsat satellite orbited by Arianespace since 1985; COMS becomes a new Ariane-launched payload for South Korea.

May

May 21, 2010 May 21, 2010

The 50th Ariane 5 is launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana with a mixed civilian and military telecommunications satellite payload – SES ASTRA's ASTRA 3B and Germany's COMSATBw-2.