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Ariane 5 June 19, 2019

Ariane 5 reaches the launch zone for Arianespace’s June 20 liftoff

The Ariane 5 nears completion of its transfer from the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone.

Arianespace has delivered another Ariane 5 to the launch zone at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, clearing the way for tomorrow's mission with a pair of telecommunications satellites: T-16 and EUTELSAT 7C.

Riding atop a mobile launch table, Ariane 5 today completed its transfer from the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building – where payload integration occurred – to the dedicated ELA-3 launch complex.

With this rollout completed, the final countdown will begin for a June 20 liftoff at the start of a 1-hr., 47-min. launch window opening at 6:43 p.m. local time in French Guiana.

Tomorrow’s mission is designated Flight VA248, and it has an estimated payload performance of 10,594 kg. – a total that factors in T-16 and EUTELSAT 7C, plus the dual-satellite dispenser system and integration hardware. Both passengers are to be deployed to geostationary transfer orbit during a 33-min. flight sequence.

  • A larger version of the photo above is available in the Gallery.


Launch window for Flight VA248:

El Segundo Washington, D.C.  French Guiana UTC Paris
From 2:43 PM to 4:30 PM on June 20 From 5:43 PM to 7:30 PM on June 20 From 6:43 PM to 8:30 PM on June 20 From 21:43 to 23:30 on June 20 From 11:43 PM to 1:30 AM on June 20-21


More details are available in the VA248 launch kit:

Ariane Flight VA248
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Eutelsat website:

Airbus website, space activities:

Maxar Technologies website:

Ariane 5 June 18, 2019

Launch readiness confirmed: Arianespace’s fifth mission of 2019 is cleared for liftoff

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