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RECOVERING THE GAP ! Two more successful launches in less than 15 days


After one month and a half of general strike in Guyana territory, Arianespace has started up again the rythm  of launches even faster. The target its easy: To recover the 2017’s palnning  before September. That’s almost done



With a picture-perfect liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana this morning, Arianespace’s workhorse Soyuz launch vehicle successfully delivered SES-15 – an all-electric telecommunications satellite for operation by European-based SES – to a geostationary transfer orbit.




Arianespace’s medium-lift workhorse vehicle climbs away from French Guiana on its 17th Spaceport mission, carrying the Boeing-built SES-15 satellite for SES.


The flight, designated VS17 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, lasted 5 hrs., 18 min. from the precise liftoff at 08:54:53 a.m. (local time in French Guiana) to payload separation. It carried SES’ first satellite lofted by the medium-lift Soyuz launcher and the 40th overall for the operator launched by Arianespace.

Departing from the Spaceport’s ELS launch complex adjacent to the commune of Sinnamary, Flight VS17 lifted off with a total payload mass of 2,447 kg; it was Arianespace’s fifth mission of 2017 and the Russian-built Soyuz’ 17th liftoff from French Guiana since this vehicle’s 2011 introduction at the Spaceport.



On its sixth successful launch during the first half of 2017, Arianespace set a new heavy-lift record tonight with Ariane 5 in delivering the ViaSat-2 and EUTELSAT 172B telecommunications satellites to geostationary transfer orbit.




This mission underscored the increased payload lift capability provided for the Ariane 5 ECA version during the heavy-lift workhorse’s operational career, setting another record for the total mass carried into geostationary transfer orbit. The delivery involved a total payload of 10,865 kg. – of which 9,969 kg. was the net liftoff mass for the two satellites, with the other mass including integration hardware for Ariane 5’s dual-payload deployment system.