Arianespace makes first Ariane 5 launch for Galileo

Thursday 10 November 2016 | 07:13 CET | News

Arianespace announced that it will orbit four more satellites for the Galileo constellation. The launch of the satellites is its ninth launch of the year and the sixth Ariane 5 liftoff from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana during 2016.

This mission is being performed on behalf of the European Commission under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). For the first time, an Ariane 5 ES version will be used to orbit satellites in Europe’s own satellite navigation system.

At the completion of this mission, designated Flight VA233 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, 18 Galileo spacecraft will have been launched by Arianespace. Arianespace is proud to deploy its entire family of launch vehicles to address Europe’s needs and guarantee its independent access to space. The launch will be performed from Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA 3) in Kourou, French Guiana. The Launch Readiness Review (LRR) will take place on 14 November in Kourou to authorise the start of operations for the final countdown.

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