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Ariane Flight VA244

For its fourth launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit four more satellites (satellites 23 to 26) for the Galileo constellation. This mission is being performed on behalf of the European Commission under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). For the third time, an Ariane 5 ES version …

Ariane 5 launch on July 25, 2018 (VA244 Galileo)

Ariane 5 launch with four new Galileo satellites (23 to 26) on board. liftoff at 13:25 (Paris time). Crédits : CNES. https://ariane.cnes.fr/en

Décollage du vol Ariane 244 depuis le CSG

Mercredi 25 juillet, Ariane 5 a parfaitement réussi sa mission après son lancement depuis le Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG), en mettant en orbite 4 satellites...

Arianespace Flight VA244 / Behind the Scenes of the Dream

Arianespace has successfully launched four more satellites in the Galileo constellation. Liftoff was at 8:25 a.m.(local time) July 25, 2018 from the Guiana S...

Galileo 23-26 – Liftoff

Europe’s next four Galileo satellites lifted off at 11:25 GMT (13:25 CEST, 08:25 local time) on 25 July from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana atop an Aria...

Galileo FOC-19, FOC-20, FOC-21, FOC-22

Overview

Destination: Medium Earth Orbit
Mission: Communications

Medium Earth Orbit Ariane Launch Area 3 Kourou, French Guiana #VA244

The Galileo constellation is ESA’s satellite navigation system and is expected to be completed by 2020. Galileo will provide Europe with an alternative to the American GPS and Russian GLONASS constellations, but will be interoperable with both systems.

Ariane 5 ES

Family: Ariane 5
Configuration: ES

The Ariane 5 ES (Evolution Storable) has an estimated LEO launch capacity of 21,000 kg (46,000 lb). It includes all the performance improvements of Ariane 5 ECA core and boosters but replaces the ESC-A second stage with the restartable EPS used on Ariane 5 GS variants. It was used to launch the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) into a 260 km circular low Earth orbit inclined at 51.6° and has been used 3 times to launch 4 Galileo navigation satellites at a time directly into their operational orbit. The Ariane 5 ES flew 8 times from 2008 to 2018 with no failures.

Specifications
  • Max Stage
    2
  • Length
    45.7 m
  • Diameter
    5.4 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    5.4 m
  • Launch Mass
    746 T
  • Thrust
    11400 kN
Family
  • Name
    Ariane 5 ES
  • Family
    Ariane 5
  • Variant
    ES
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Ariane 5 ES
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    21000 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Arianespace

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CEO: Stéphane Israël Founded: 1980 Successes: 296 Failures: 14 Pending: 35

Agency Type: Commercial

Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world's first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the production, operation, and marketing of the Ariane programme. Their vehicles launch exclusively from French Guiana in South America.

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Kourou, French Guiana

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