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Ariane 5 July 25, 2018

Ariane 5 lifts off from French Guiana with four Galileo spacecraft

Arianespace’s Ariane 5 launcher has begun its latest mission from the Spaceport, carrying four satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation system.

Lifting off at exactly 8:25:01 a.m. local time in French Guiana, the heavy-lift vehicle is to deploy its passengers on a flight lasting approximately 3 hrs., 56 min.

Payload lift performance for today’s mission – which is designated Flight VA244 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system – is estimated at 3,287 kg.

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Ariane Flight VA244
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Ariane 5 July 23, 2018

Ariane 5 reaches the launch zone for this week’s Arianespace mission with four Galileo satellites

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