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.
The European Commission website – Galileo: ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/space/galileo/index_en.htm
The European Space Agency website – Galileo: www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Navigation/Galileo/What_is_Galileo
European GNSS Agency (GSA) website: https://www.gsa.europa.eu/
OHB System website: www.ohb-system.de
Surrey Satellite Technology Limited website: www.sstl.co.uk
ArianeGroup website: www.ariane.group