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Ariane 5 Orbits Two Satellites to “Bridge the Digital Divide”

17 Jan 2020, 04:14 UTC
Ariane 5 Orbits Two Satellites to “Bridge the Digital Divide”
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The Ariane 5 for Flight VA251 departs the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone with its EUTELSAT KONNECT and GSAT-30 satellite passengers. (Credit: Arianespace)

KOUROU, French Guiana (Arianespace PR) — Arianespace opened its 2020 launch activity with a dual-satellite Ariane 5 mission from French Guiana that successfully placed EUTELSAT KONNECT and GSAT-30 into geostationary transfer orbit.

Conducted from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch site, today’s mission delivered an estimated payload lift performance of 7,888 kg.

EUTELSAT KONNECT was released first in the flight sequence, separating from the ArianeGroup-built Ariane 5 at 27 minutes after liftoff, followed 11 minutes later by GSAT-30.

Today’s success – designated Flight VA251 – continued long relationships of trust between Arianespace and the mission’s customers: Eutelsat and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

“For the first Ariane 5 launch of the year, our heavyweight vehicle has once more performed flawlessly,” said Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël, who provided his post-flight comments from the Spaceport’s mission control center. “Congratulations to all!”

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