Space | 06. July 2012

Into orbit as planned

Late in the evening, just as the launch window opened at 23:36 CEST, the Ariane 5ECA VA207 launched successfully with the EchoStar XVII and MSG-3 satellites on board. About 34 minutes later, the two payloads were injected into geostationary transfer orbits. This was the 49th successive successful launch of an Ariane 5, and the third one this year.



The next launch of an Ariane 5ECA is already planned for the beginning of August. On board there will be two telecommunications satellites, Intelsat 20 and HYLAS 2.