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Vega light launcher completes ninth launch

The SENTINEL-2B Earth-observation spacecraft was carried to low-Earth Orbit (LEO) by a Vega light launcher at 0149GMT on 7 March. The mission was conducted by Arianespace, under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA), in service to the European …

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Soyuz returns to service but Proton flights are delayed by engine quality control investigation

The crisis in quality control at the Russian Voronezh rocket engine manufacturer continues. Following the recent Soyuz-U failure, which was traced to particle contamination in its RD-0110 third-stage engine, a separate investigation into the last Proton rocket launch of Intelsat …

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Avanti decides not to sell after securing refinancing deal

UK based, Fixed Service Satellite operator Avanti Communications Group, which put itself up for a potential sale in July, has announced that it has secured its finances into 2017, and no longer needs a buyer. The deal finalised on 20 …

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Arianespace complete their 11th and final launch of 2016

The heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA rocket lifted off at 2030 GMT on 21 December, completing its seventh launch of 2016. This launch also marks the 76th straight success for the Ariane 5 and 90th launch overall. The mission, which took …

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By order of Inmarsat: Hellas-Sat 3/Europasat jumps ship from Falcon Heavy to Ariane 5

The Hellas-Sat 3/Europasat spacecraft which is co-owned by Inmarsat and the Arabsat subsidiary, Hellas-Sat, had previously been booked on-board a SpaceX Falcon Heavy, it will now be lifted into orbit by an Arianespace-operated Ariane 5 rocket. Inmarsat, which was in …

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Ariane 5 carries four Galileo satellites into orbit

In the first of what is planned to be three launches, an Arianespace, Ariane 5 heavy-lift launch vehicle has lifted-off from Kourou, French Guiana, carrying four Galileo GPS satellites for the EU. The launch took place at 1306 GMT, 17 …

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WSRF 2016 Dubai: Insurers worry about low premiums, new launch vehicles and hackers

 

Held every two years, albeit now with an additional “half time” conference in London in between the intervening years, the World Space Risk Forum (WSRF) conference in Dubai has become the premier event for space insurers and their clients …

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Market Exec Moves: Blue Origin recruits Clayton Mowry while William Wade leaves Asiasat

New launch vehicle firm, Blue Origin has attracted Clayton Mowry to its ranks from his role as President of the US arm of Arianespace, Arianespace Inc. Mowry who has been in post several years, originally took over from Doug Heydon. …

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Ariane 5 successfully completes 74th consecutive mission, carrying satellites for South Asian customers

At 2030 GMT, on 5 October, the heavy-lift Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from the European Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana, carrying two telecommunications satellites, Sky Muster II, for NBN Co and GSAT-18, for ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation). This …

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Vega shows its reliability with seventh successful flight – and no failures

European launch provider Arianespace has celebrated the seventh flight of the Italian-built Vega launch vehicle. While Vega has a reputation for being pricey, the rocket has a rapidly growing reputation for its “get you there” reliability as well. The seventh …

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Ariane 5 to launch GSAT-11 for India

Arianespace has announced that its Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle will carry the GSAT-11 communications satellite into orbit in 2017. The spacecraft, owned and built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has a mass of 5,725 kg. The Ku-band …

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Contract signed for Vega to launch Aeolus

ESA and Arianespace have signed a contract to secure the launch of the Aeolus satellite on a Vega launch vehicle. The 1,500 kg spacecraft is designed to measure winds using ultraviolet laser/lidar technology. The launch of the spacecraft will take …

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European Commission gives go-ahead for Airbus Safran Launchers’ takeover of Arianespace

The European Commission (EC) announced, on 20 July, that it had approved the intended acquisition of European launch provider Arianespace by newly formed joint venture Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL). ASL will purchase the 35% stake in Arianespace held by the …

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Ariane 5 successfully launches EchoStar 18 and Brisat and sets new payload record in doing so

At 2128 GMT on 18 June 2016, an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle lifted-off from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying a total payload mass (including the 890kg dispenser) of 10,730 kg.  This was a new payload …

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Ructions within European launch industry as Italian Space Agency says it wants to keep Vega Italian

While the Vega rocket is regarded as a reliable, if overpriced, launch vehicle system, it does give Italy an independent means of launching satellites should it ever wish to. As such, the Italian space industry and the Italian Space Agency …

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Satellite 2016: Launch providers lay out their likely launch numbers

At the launchers’ session at Satellite 2016 in Washington D.C. representatives of the main commercial launch providers laid out their planned launch totals for the 2016 year. In summary the planned launch numbers are as follows, with the SpaceX very …

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European Commission investigates Airbus-Safran Launchers’ merger with Arianespace

While the European Space Agency is in favour, and the French and German Space industries are in favour, the plan to merge Arianespace into Airbus-Safran launchers has been halted. The European Commission, which is the executive and enforcement arm of …

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Viasat 2 jumps ship from “late” Falcon Heavy to Ariane 5

Concerns over the increasing delays to the maiden launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy (Falcon 9 Heavy) has led to Viasat to move its Viasat 2 spacecraft from that flight to Arianespace’s Ariane 5 ECA launch.  The first Falcon 9 …

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Eutelsat buys a launch from SpaceX

Space News reports that European satellite operator Eutelsat, which would normally be an Arianespace client, has ordered a satellite launch from SpaceX using its Falcon 9 launch vehicle.  The launch order was apparently placed in late 2015. The satellite to …

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Arianespace Vega launcher to loft CERES signals intelligence sats

On 5 January 2015, Arianespace announced that it has signed a launch services contract with French space agency CNES for the cluster of three new CERES signals intelligence satellites.  The Vega light launcher will be used as the launch vehicle.…

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