The European Ariane 5 rocket launched for the last time – DW – 07/06/2023

The last launch of the Ariane 5 rocket

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the European Space Agency It said the Ariane 5 missile successfully took off from French Guinea for the last time on Wednesday evening.

The rocket carried two military communications satellites, the German Heinrich Hertz (H2Sat) and the French Syracuse 4B, into geostationary orbit.

launch caps 27 years of service for Ariane 5. The arrival of the rocket in 1996 allowed Europe to establish itself in the communications satellite market.

It is worth noting that the Ariane 5 missile was launched successfully NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in December 2021.

What is Ariane 5?

Aryan 5 It is the ESA’s “workhorse” rocket and one of the most reliable, as the agency describes on the website.

The 53-meter-high rocket was launched from the European Space Agency’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guinea, on the northeastern coast of South America.

Wednesday’s launch marked the 117th and final mission. It kicked off at 7 p.m. local time (2300 GMT), according to the live broadcast.

The launch has been postponed twice as originally scheduled for June 16. But a technical problem the first time, and bad weather the second, postponed the mission.

rm/rc (Reuters, AFP)

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