Ariane rocket put telecommunications satellites into orbit

(ORDO NEWS) — The Ariane 5 rocket was launched from French Guiana and successfully placed two communications satellites into orbit.

The rocket, launched from French Guiana, successfully put two communications satellites into orbit on Saturday, Arianespace said. The Ariane 5 rocket took off at 10:04 pm GMT from Kourou, the European Space Agency’s space center in South America, the company said in a statement.

The two satellites on board (owned by intergovernmental provider Intelsat and Japan’s Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation) were later successfully launched into orbit, Arianespace reported.

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A service vehicle was also deployed to dock with other satellites in orbit.

The launch is the first for Arianespace since activity in Kourou was halted in March due to the coronavirus – the launch was originally scheduled for 28 July but has been postponed for additional “technical inspections.”

Another delay followed due to “unexpected behavior of one of the sensors” to monitor the pressure in the liquid hydrogen tank. On Thursday, the launch was postponed for a third time due to unfavorable wind conditions.

Arianespace is a launch operator that puts satellites into orbit for the European Commission and the European Space Agency.

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