Ariane 5 delivers to orbit two communications satellites during VA236 mission

Arianespace managed to return to flights after lasting for over month break caused by strikes in French Guiana. Yesterday in the evening Ariane 5 delivered two communications satellites after flawless flight. Weeks of strikes finally finished with agreement signed by representatives of main unions and French government which opened the door for resuming most of commercial […]

Three delayed missions by Arianespace already with new dates

After lasting for a month strikes in French Guiana, Arianespace suffered for delays in their launch schedule. Three missions planned for last weeks were postponed and Company was forced to launch them in May and June. Now we know precise dates of following three launches from Guiana Space Center. Five satellites in during three flights in […]

Compromise between unions and French government reached – green light for Ariane 5 launch

French government managed to sign agreement with main unions at French Guiana, from where Company launches their Ariane, Soyuz and Vega rockets. Compromise was reached after one month of strikes and negotiations. Hopefully will open way for launch first delayed mission of Ariane 5 with two communication satellites: SGDC and Koreasat-7. It seems that Arianespace will be able […]

Ariane 5 launch will be probably possible in April

These, who thought, that Ariane 5 mission with codename VA-236 will be possible In March probably underestimated strength of French unions in French Guiana. Flight with two communications satellites, SDGC and Koreasat-7 on the top was planned originally for last week. Unfortunately rolled out of the rocket and delivering to launch pad from assembling facility was not […]

VA-234 – last launch by Arianespace in 2016

It was last launch in 2016 for Arianespace. Today, at 20:30 UTC, Ariane 5 was launched at the begining of 75 minute launch window to deliver to orbit two satellites: JCSAT-15 and Star One-D1. This is another mission of two satellites made by SSL and launched under the fairing of Ariane 5 (first was VA […]

Intelsat-33E and Intelsat-36 delivered to space during VA232 !

On August 24, 2016 at 22:17 GMT Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from Guiana Space Center in its 231st flight, with two communication satellites under payload fairing: Intelsat-33E by Boeing and Intelsat-36 by SSL. Both spacecraft will enhance offer of American Intelsat Company over Europe, Africa and South Asia. It was fourth launch by Arianespace in […]

Final day is coming – Rosetta controlled descent planned on 30 September 2016

One of the most recognizable space probes sent by European Space Agency in recent years will finish its mission on 30 September 2016 in controlled descent on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ESA announced on June 30, that Rosetta space probe will finish its lasting for last twelve years mission on 30th September 2016. Probe is now on […]

SLS booster motor fired and tested !

It seems that in quite short time PSLV and Ariane 5 will lose their supremacy in being equipped with largest solid fueled rocket engines. Please welcome the SLS solid fueled rocket booster motor by Orbital ATK! Second (first was performed in Utah in 2015) fire test was planned by Orbital ATK at 14:05 GMT but in the […]

Japanese bad luck – DSN-1 satellite arrived broken to French Guiana !

It seems that Japanese space program is out of luck in 2016. After Hitomi failure on March we have another accident with Japanese spacecraft.  According to Spacenews.com, Japanese communication satellite DSN-1, with launch on atop of Ariane 5 scheduled for 26th July 2016 was delivered to Kourou, French Guiana by plane in the middle of […]