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Ariane 5 August 15, 2020

Flight VA253: Ariane 5 lifts off from the Spaceport

Arianespace’s Ariane 5 launcher has lifted off from French Guiana carrying Galaxy 30 (G-30), the Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2) and BSAT-4b – which will be deployed to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) during a sequence lasting 47 minutes from liftoff to final separation.

Today’s mission is using an Ariane 5 ECA version with increased payload capacity through the introduction of a new vehicle equipment bay for the launch vehicle.

  • Watch the live broadcast on and YouTube.
  • More details are available in the VA253 launch kit:
Ariane Flight VA253
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Ariane 5 August 15, 2020

Flight VA253: Countdown on hold due to weather

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